As Chief Program Officer at Active Minds, Laura develops innovative strategies and unique partnerships to empower students to help society embrace a comprehensive, public health approach to mental health. She oversees Active Minds’ evidence-based peer-to-peer approach and award-winning programmatic portfolio, including Active Minds’ nationwide network of more than 600 college and high school chapters, Send Silence Packing®, Active Minds Speakers, V-A-R®, among many others.
Prior to Active Minds, Laura provided technical assistance and training to a nationwide network of multi-sector community coalitions to implement health policy, systems, and environmental change and prevent chronic disease in schools, workplaces, and communities through her work at the National Association of County and City Health Officials. She also managed a public health communications portfolio at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Laura earned her Master of Public Health degree in community health sciences from Tulane University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Loyola University New Orleans. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
With more than 14 years of public health and communications experience, Laura has been featured in NPR, Forbes, CNN, Newsweek, The Chronicle of Higher Education, MTV, VICE, The Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Thrive Global, among many other publications.
Laura enjoys running, reading, finding adventure with her husband and three girls, and following the Washington Nationals and New Orleans Saints. Laura works from Philadelphia.
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May 11, 2020
Grit and resilience are worthy goals, but are they realistic ones right now? Not only do college students have to absorb the shock of displacement from their campus lives, but they have to turn it into a saga of triumph and growth? That expectation seems a bit much to Laura Horne, chief program officer for Active Minds.