Aliyah has over 15 years of experience leading transformational change at the local, state, and federal levels. At Meteorite, Aliyah is a senior advisor for health strategy and provides direction to the Health Action Alliance and the agency’s other public health efforts.
Aliyah also co-leads Courage Forward Strategies, a firm that provides consulting services for public health initiatives focused on accelerating policy development and implementation, expanding strategic partnerships, driving effective planning, while prioritizing improving health equity.
Previously, Aliyah joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2012 as a Public Health Prevention Service Fellow, where she completed a two-year field assignment with the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and secured over $1.5 million of funding to expand NNPHI’s Bridging Public Health and Health Care portfolio. Aliyah then served as Special Assistant to the CDC Director, Chief of Staff, and Director of the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support. In these roles, she provided strategic direction for projects, initiatives, and activities to advance leadership priorities and the mission of CDC. During her tenure at CDC, Aliyah played a critical role in conceptualizing high-profile initiatives, including the Ending the HIV Epidemic and engaging with state decision-makers on evidence-based policy strategies to improve health outcomes. She was also recognized with a CDC Honor Award for Excellence for Health Equity in the COVID-19 Response.
Prior to joining CDC, Aliyah was a Project Specialist with the Minneapolis Department of Health’s Healthy Living Initiative. In this position, Aliyah created and implemented the Minneapolis Healthy Corner Store Program; co-coordinated the City of Minneapolis’ Wellness Committee; partnered with the multi-unit housing properties to adopt building-wide smoke-free policies; and coordinated the City’s Public Health Advisory Committee.
Aliyah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and Master of Public Health from theUniversity of Minnesota – Twin Cities.