Dr. Bahby Banks
Pillar Consulting


A scholar-activist committed to equity and inclusion, Dr. Bahby Banks engages leaders in strategic thought around health communication, equity/inclusion and community engagement. Banks’ career has spanned the Americas, Africa, Europe and Australia, including contributions to the World Health Organization, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Instituto Promundo and academic institutions across the U.S. In 2020 she launched “Not A Host,” a multimedia grassroots campaign with broad community, foundation and governmental support, to advance health literacy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Banks is an adjunct assistant professor in the Public Health Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and invests in the next generation of public leaders through mentorship, training and practical experiences in their communities. Banks recently received the Boston University School of Public Health Distinguished Alumni Award and was the inaugural keynote speaker for the MPH@UNC Immersion Program. She received her bachelor of science degree in biology from Florida A&M University, master of public health in epidemiology and biostatistics from Boston University and doctorate of philosophy from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Pillar Consulting offers research and evaluation services to nonprofit, academic and philanthropic organizations, and evidence-based strategy for leaders to create, cultivate and sustain equitable and inclusive work environments. Drawing on the expertise of top researchers, practitioners and professionals, we mobilize stakeholders in setting evaluation priorities and establishing clear programmatic goals. Our clients have included rural and urban organizations, mostly recently with initiatives addressing health disparities experienced among historically marginalized communities: Nurture Jew Jersey (maternal and infant mortality), Susan G. Komen African American Health Equity Initiative (breast cancer) and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (child literacy). Under Banks’ leadership, Pillar Consulting has spearheaded efforts funded by the National Science Foundation, duPont Foundation, de Beaumont Foundation, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration.

The EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator ™ works with diverse social entrepreneurs and organizations improving social determinants of health in their community, which are health risk factors, especially for underserved populations. Social determinants include, but are not limited to, race bias, income, education, stress, pollution, housing availability, transportation and access to healthy foods.  


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