Lesford Duncan, MPH

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Lesford Duncan has worked to develop and improve partnerships, coalitions, and systems that enhance the health, mental health and resilience of children, families, and communities throughout Southern California. This work includes collaborative efforts to increase access to and equity in mental health services, prevent child and family violence, and strengthen families to keep parents positively engaged in their children’s lives.

As the Cultural Competency Officer for the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, he is responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring cultural competency and humility throughout all levels of the department, and ensuring health equity in service delivery.

Previously, Lesford served as the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinator for the County of San Bernardino's Children’s Network, and as the Co-Chair for the Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition and San Bernardino County’s Maternal Mental Health Collaborative. He has also worked closely with the ACEs Taskforce of San Bernardino County in educating communities on the negative effects of childhood adversity and trauma, and developing trauma-informed systems.

Prior to working with the County of San Bernardino, Lesford worked on policies against child abuse and commercial sexual exploitation of children, and served as a Global Citizenship Fellow for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Lesford received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida, and Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Leadership from Loma Linda University. He is pursuing his Doctorate in Policy, Planning, and Development at University of Southern California.