Lisa Macon Harrison, MPH

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Public Health Leadership Program
Health Director
Granville-Vance District Health Department
101 Hunt Drive
PO Box 367
Oxford, NC 27565


Lisa Macon Harrison has been the local health director of the Granville Vance Public Health District in North Carolina since 2012. Her previous roles in NC public health thread through research, practice, quality improvement, as well as workforce and policy development. 

Lisa has been a member of the public health field for over 20 years and has served as director of the Office of Healthy Carolinians and Health Education at the NC Division of Public Health, led the Public Health Incubator Collaboratives Program at the University of North Carolina at UNC Chapel Hill, and directed the Southeast Public Health Leadership Institute (SEPHLI) at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health where she continues to stay connected as adjunct faculty in the Public Health Leadership Program. 

In 2015, Lisa served as the NC Public Health Association president where she continues to stay involved connecting public health research and practice. She was recently invited to be a member of the NC Institute of Medicine for a five-year term beginning in 2019 where she co-chairs a task force on the future of public health. Lisa is currently serving as President of the National Association for County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Board where she advocates for a stronger future and improved support for the public health workforce.

Service Activities

Coordinating faculty work in local health department

Key Publications

“Fighting the Opioid Epidemic in NC with Leadership, Compassion, and Creativity: Community Approaches.”. Harrison, L.M. and McClure, F (2018). NC Medical Journal, 79(3).

Applying the model for improvement in a local health department: Quality improvement as an effective approach in navigating the changing landscape of Public Health Practice in Buncombe County. Harrison, L. M., Shook, E. D., Harris, G., Cornett, A., Lea, S., Randolph, G. D (1970). Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 18(1).

Early evaluation results from a statewide quality improvement training program for local public health departments in North Carolina. Cornett, A., Thomas, M., Davis, M. V., Mahanna, E., Cordova, A., Herring, M.C., Lea, S., Harrison, L. M., Randolph, G. D (1970). Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 18(1), 43-51.

Standardizing Environmental Health Processes at the Iowa Department of Public Health. Ramaswamy, R., Segal, S., Harris, J., Randolph, G. D., Cornett, A., Harrison, L. M., Lea, S. C (1970). Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 18(1), 27-35.

Lessons learned from building a culture and infrastructure for continuous quality improvement at Cabarrus Health Alliance. Randolph, G.D., Stanley, C., Rowe, B., Massey, S., Cornett, A., Harrison, L. M., Lea, S (1970). Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 18(1), 55-62.


  • MPH, Public Health Leadership Program, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2006
  • BS, Health Policy and Administration, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1996
  • BA, Public Policy Analysis, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1996