Lakieta Sanders is a Public Health Educator with Durham County Department of Public Health. Lakieta received a B.S. in Community Health Education from North Carolina Central University in 2003 and joined Durham County Department of Public Health in 2004. She has since worked as a Public Health Educator in Communicable Disease/Maternal and Child Health. For over 13 years, Lakieta has provided community and one-on-one lead outreach education, finger stick screenings in high risk communities and other areas as needed, follow-up, and assistance with updating Public Health’s policies to align with the Center for Disease (CDC) guidelines for managing blood lead results.
Lakieta is also passionate about preventing sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies in adolescents and young adults. In 2012, she began assisting with Reproductive Health and Safety education in Durham’s public and charter schools and developing and facilitating health education programing for youth and young adults, ages 3 – 24 years old, in community, childcare facilities, and college settings. This includes NCCU where she is often called upon to speak at career fairs as not only an alum but also a role model for current students. In her profession, she is most excited about getting to meet new people and she loves interacting with youth. She enjoys assisting adolescents in changing bad habits and she says, “Any day out in the community is a good day”.