Thelma Craig 
Board of Directors Chair & Program Manager
Colorado Black Health Collaborative

Thelma Craig recently retired as Project Administrator for the HIV Care and Treatment Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Over the course of her 30-year public health career, her positions at CDPHE included a health educator, disease control specialist, research analyst, and contract monitor.

Ms. Craig earned a BS in psychology from Clark Atlanta University. She has received training and certifications in several areas from multiple institutions: STD interventions and principles of epidemiology from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Application of Biostatistics and Epidemiology to Program Planning, Assessment, and Evaluation from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, College of Public Health. She initiated coursework at the Denver Seminary to obtain her MDiv in pastoral counseling.

Ms. Craig has over 25 years of experience serving in community organizations as a health educator and public speaker. She currently is Chair of the Board of Directors and Program Manager for the Colorado Black Health Collaborative and the CDC REACH cooperative agreement. She is a writer and cultural commentator. She has served as member or a volunteer on various community coalitions and boards of directors for several organizations:
  • Planning Council for the Public Health Academy 
  • Regional Health Equity Council (Region VIII) 
  • Health Ministry at Shorter AME Church 
  • Advisory Council for Healthier Beginnings, Inc. 
  • National Council of Negro Women, Denver Section Health Unit 
Ms. Craig is a wife, mother, and proud grandmother. Her passions include family and community health issues. Her hobbies include reading, bicycling, and hiking. She has a strong belief in the guiding principle of “it takes a village.”