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John Butts

Senior Research Associate    

M.P.H., Tulane University
B.A., Vanderbilt University


John Butts joined the Georgia Health Policy Center in October 2009. He is a senior research associate and member of the Community Health Systems Development Team. He provides technical assistance to rural health initiatives across the country with a focus on building their capacity and long-term sustainability. Prior to working at the GHPC, he served as regional coordinator with the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) where he led comprehensive tobacco control initiatives in the Greater New Orleans area. John also served two years as a core member of the State Tobacco-Related Health Disparities Coalition convened by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to develop and implement the state’s strategic plan to address tobacco. In addition to his work in tobacco control, John served more than two years with the Peace Corps in a rural community in Niger, West Africa as a community health agent. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies from Vanderbilt University and Master of Public Health in International Health & Development from Tulane University.