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Susan Nappi, is a public health practitioner and executive director of the Office of Public Health Practice at the Yale School of Public Health, where she received her MPH in chronic disease epidemiology.  With over 20 years of research, program evaluation and planning experience, Susan has focused her career on health disparities and the social influences on health. As the senior director of community impact at United Way of Greater New Haven, Susan established the Secure Start Network in Greater New Haven, an initiative developed to support organizations offering Circle of Security® Parenting™ (COSP™) in the region. During this time, Susan developed an ‘attachment training pipeline’ to expand the reach of the network to schools, childcare settings, homeless shelters, and treatment facilities.  It was through this work that she saw the transformative potential of attachment-focused, trauma-informed programs in public health. Susan is certified in COSP™ and the Core Sensitivities and supported the evaluation of COSP™ parenting groups in Greater New Haven, which has been published. She is a lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health and currently serves as a steering committee member of the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale. Susan is currently pursuing her Doctor of Public Health in public health leadership at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She resides in Connecticut with her husband, Brandon,  their two daughters, and three cats.

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