ASHA Advocacy and Coalitions Committee Chairs Profile

Sarah Blanton

4th Grade Teacher, Diggs-Latham Elementary School

Pronouns: She/They

Area of Expertise/WSCC Component: Programming and Evaluation

Sarah Blanton currently serves as a 4th grade general education teacher at Diggs-Latham Elementary School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. With over 7 years of experience as a teacher, health educator and advocate for public health, Sarah works to create a more equitable, inclusive and healthy society through advocacy, prevention, and education. Sarah earned their Bachelor of Arts in History from Wittenberg University and Master in Public Health from the University of Cincinnati with a concentration in School Health Promotion and Education. Sarah incorporates her knowledge of the Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community (WSCC) Model into their classroom to build a holistic learning environment for every student. Sarah is passionate about developing, implementing and evaluating health education through a social justice lens to develop a healthier generation. She currently resides in Winston-Salem, NC with her partner and their five cats, and enjoys gardening and cooking plant based meals.

Sarah Helton

Partner, Michael Best Strategies

Area of Expertise/WSCC Component: Government Relations

Sarah is pleased to serve on ASHA’s Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of ASHA’s Advocacy and Coalitions Committee. Sarah comes from an extensive background on policy, politics and law. She works with non-profits, industry associations and companies to provide thought leadership on policy issues impacting them and helps them successfully navigate the federal government on legislative and regulatory matters.