Daniel Thompson, MPH, Executive Director, comes to the North Georgia Heart Foundation with a personal investment in preventing heart disease. Like so many others, Daniel’s family has been touched three times by heart disease. A Georgia native, Daniel completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public health at Emory University and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, respectively. Prior to joining the NGHF, Daniel spent 6 years as a lobbyist for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta focusing on such issues as hospital financing, pulse oximetry screening for critical congenital heart defects, child passenger safety and statewide trauma center funding. During his tenure at Children’s, Daniel also directed the efforts of the Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition of Georgia (PHIC). PHIC sought to demonstrate collaboration among the pediatric community and improve the quality of care provided to Georgia’s children. PHIC chose to focus on improving the outcomes associated with pediatric asthma, and Daniel was able to secure a $200,000 grant from the Department of Community Health.
Immediately prior to joining NGHF, Daniel served as the Deputy Director for Planning and Partnerships for the Chronic Disease Prevention Section at the Georgia Department of Public Health. In this role, Daniel oversaw the Healthy Communities program, Health District Relations, Asthma Control Program Partnership Coordination, the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and the implementation of Georgia’s first Chronic Disease Prevention Council. Additionally, Daniel managed the oversight of a statewide $1.1 million health promotion program in all 18 public health districts.
Daniel is a member of the Emory Alumni Board, and spent five years on the Alumni Board of the Rollins School of Public Health Alumni Board, one year as president.
No stranger to Hall County, Daniel attended Lakeview Academy and currently lives in Gainesville with his dog, Naomi.