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NORC’s Brett Harris Elected President of the New York State Public Health Association

Press Release

CHICAGO, October 6, 2022 — NORC is proud to announce that Brett Harris has been elected president of the New York State Public Health Association (NYSPHA), the New York State affiliate of the American Public Health Association, for the 2022-23 term.

Harris is a senior research scientist in NORC’s Public Health department, where she leads substance use and suicide prevention projects that support a variety of populations through training, technical assistance, and evaluation. Those populations include health and behavioral health providers; service members, veterans, and their families; rural communities; individuals who identify as LGBTQ+; tribal communities; college and university students, faculty, and staff; and youth. 

As president of NYSPHA, Harris is spearheading a New Directions Initiative to make the association more membership driven. Through a large survey and multiple focus groups, she identified specific ways to increase the value of a NYSPHA membership, including the creation of a new Public Health in Action Committee. As the Chair of this committee, Harris and her colleagues are promoting the use of the new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and planning a youth mental health roundtable for school professionals. Harris was previously elected to the NYSPHA Board of Directors in 2018.

We congratulate Harris on this honor.

About NORC at the University of Chicago

NORC at the University of Chicago conducts research and analysis that decision-makers trust. As a nonpartisan research organization and a pioneer in measuring and understanding the world, we have studied almost every aspect of the human experience and every major news event for more than eight decades. Today, we partner with government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world to provide the objectivity and expertise necessary to inform the critical decisions facing society.

Contact: For more information, please contact Eric Young at NORC at or (703) 217-6814 (cell).