Natalie S. Burke

As president of CommonHealth ACTION (CHA), Ms. Burke provides visionary leadership and effective management for CHA’s organizational development, board management, operations, human resources, and capacity building. She builds and sustains successful relationships with philanthropy, elected officials, corporations, community-based organizations, and non-traditional public health partners.

Her public health experience includes technical assistance to numerous national and local organizations/agencies including: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; the National NAACP; the National Black Caucus of State Legislators; Kaiser Permanente; the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (Maryland); King County Government (Seattle, Washington), and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 


The aforementioned technical assistance is in the areas of health care access; program design and planning; health policy development and analysis; grant writing and management; strategic planning; communications, and brokering authentic community relationships. In connection to her work with the Joint Center’s Place Matters Initiative, Ms. Burke co-authored a chapter in the second edition of “Tackling Health Inequities through Public Health Practice” (2010). 


Also in 2010, she was selected for the New York University, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, Lead the Way Fellowship for visionary and entrepreneurial leaders in the nonprofit sector. Since the mid-90s, Ms. Burke has held positions in non-profit organizations focused on community-based programming, non-profit management, development and fundraising, facilitation/strategic planning, education, communications, and staff development. 


Over a decade of her work has included providing technical assistance to support scores of diverse community-based coalitions and non-profits that address public health systems and policy improvement. Seven years of her work included managing the Turning Point National Program Office at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in Washington, DC. While at NACCHO, Ms. Burke served as co-supervising producer for the documentary, The Edge of America: Struggling for Health and Justice that focused on challenges to the health of people living in three rural communities.


Ms. Burke is passionate and committed to the health and well-being of all Americans. She views health as the product of complex interactions among numerous systems and factors such as education, employment, access to technology, housing, transportation, health care, and the like. Throughout her career, she has sought to understand the root causes of ill-health while working at the community, organizational, and national levels to improve systems. She believes that Common Health ACTION serves as a vehicle to unravel the complexities of health in America. 


Her philosophy and approach acknowledge the importance of access to quality health care and medical insurance—while recognizing the vital roles that policy, and socioeconomic and environmental factors play in the multifarious puzzle of health outcomes. 

Natalie S. Burke President and Co-Founder Common Health Action

Natalie S. Burke

President and Co-Founder Common Health Action

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Facilitation & Strategic Planning
Public Health
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