Djuana Harvell, PhD, MSc
Project Manager
Stapleton Foundation Sustainable Urban Communities

Djuana Harvell is the “be well/be EPIC” (Exchange of Power to Impact Change) Project Manager for the Stapleton Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities. She is responsible for managing all project activities of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This effort aims to demonstrate the impact of creating access to opportunities for physical activity on reducing health disparities among African Americans. She previously served as a research associate in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado-Denver. Her research focused on breast cancer and HIV.

Dr. Harvell graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a BS and MS in chemistry. She earned a PhD in pathology and microbiology in 2001 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Shas has a strong commitment to community service. She is immediate past president of the Denver Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a public service organization.

Dr. Harvell is the recipient of multiple awards in recognition of her leadership and public service efforts: “Torch of Excellence” Award and “Irma Kelly Hudson Image” Community Award by the Denver Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; Denver Urban Spectrum’s “African Americans Who Are Making a Difference Award;” and “Women of Distinction” Award by the Girl Scouts of Colorado. She is a graduate of the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Connect Leadership Development Program. She currently is a participant in a National Delta Fellows Leadership Program and serves as the Reclamation and Retention Regional Chair.

Dr. Harvell enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and traveling. Her favorite quote is, “You are only limited by the limits of your creativity.”