Denise Ballard serves as chief mission officer of Horizons Community Solutions. She brings more than 25 years of experience in health education, cancer control research, and community health program development, with an emphasis on reducing health disparities. Denise has implemented award winning programs designed to increase cancer screening among the uninsured, promote healthy lifestyles among communities at risk, and improve quality of life among cancer patients. She has served as co-investigator in a number of research studies that examined and addressed some of the root causes of cancer-related disparities suffered by minorities, the poor and the medically-underserved. In her former role at the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia, Denise provided programmatic leadership for the Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities and managed local obesity prevention research efforts, in partnership with the Emory Prevention Research Center. She also helped develop and continues to provide leadership for the award-winning Community Cancer Screening Program, a collaborative of local healthcare providers that offer affordable early detection services to the uninsured. Prior to assuming that role in 2005, Denise served as partnership program manager for the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service-Midwest Region. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Masters of Education from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.