Dr. Nalo Johnson

President and CEO at Mid-Iowa Health Foundation

Originally from Des Moines, Dr. Nalo Johnson has spent her career as a public health professional, supporting community health efforts at both state and local levels. Nalo practices participatory, evidence-based methods to address community health concerns, centering addressing the social determinants of health as a strategy to reduce health disparities within the community.  

Prior to joining Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, Nalo was the Division Director for Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention at the Iowa Department of Public Health where she oversaw a broad range of programming including maternal and child health, nutrition and physical activity, chronic disease prevention and management, disability and wellness, injury prevention, and oral health. She was also the Community Health Division Manager for the Johnson County Public Health Department in Iowa City where she oversaw the department’s health promotion and communicable disease programs.

Nalo is grateful to have had her work recognized locally and nationally including being awarded the 2019 American Public Health Association Henrik L. Blum Award for Excellence in Health Planning, the Corridor Business Journal Forty Under 40 Award, and is a Ford Foundation Fellow. Dr. Johnson received her PhD from the University of Minnesota and her BA from Williams College in Massachusetts.