Taylarr Lopez (she/her), is our Health and Science Literacy resource theme advisor. She currently serves as the Director of Communications at Research!America, based in Arlington, VA. As Director, she plans, coordinates, and implements internal and external science and health policy-related communications programs, campaigns, and projects.
Taylarr is a seasoned communications professional with experience in providing editorial and digital communications support to nonprofits and federal government agencies. She has spent much of her career in public health communications, working to improve the health and well-being of communities across the country.
Prior to joining Research!America, Taylarr spent six years at the National Association of County and City Health Officials overseeing the production of the organization’s publications and serving as communications and marketing lead for their annual conference. While there, she authored, “Building Local Health Department COVID-19 Emergency and Risk Communications Capacity,” for the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, to help local health departments communicate with stakeholders and community members during public health emergencies.
Taylarr has a B.S. in Communications from Bowie State University and is currently pursuing an M.P.H. at Brown University to address health disparities, increase equitable health outcomes, positively influence health behavior, and raise awareness for critical programs that serve at-risk communities. She is a member of several health associations, societies, and workgroups, including the Society for Health Communications, the Society for Public Health Education, Nationwide Monkeypox Working Group, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.