Lumas Helaire, Assistant Dean for Population Health Management and Health Equity Education

Lumas HelaireLumas Helaire, PhD serves as the Assistant Dean for Population Health Management and Health Equity Education at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He assists the dean and members of the Harvard Chan School faculty in the identification, development, and promotion of health equity collaborative initiatives. Dr. Helaire also works with the Harvard HealthLab, an accelerator for social impact ventures, which offers comprehensive support to Harvard University students entering the innovation space, with a focus on interdisciplinary teams.

Prior to joining the Harvard Chan School, Dr. Helaire served as the Senior Associate Director at the University of Michigan’s Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives where he oversaw their operations and programs. He also directed various student development programs including GEAR UP, a federal pre-college program that partners with schools in preparing students from low-income backgrounds for post-secondary education. He was the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lead for the suite of offices under the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion. Dr. Helaire chaired the university’s Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium planning committee and coordinated the annual keynote lecture, which hosts national and international activists and social justice organizers.

Currently, Dr. Helaire serves on the Board of the Center for Community Health Education and Research Services, Inc. (CCHERS), a community-based organization promoting the development of academic community health centers.

From 2013-2021 he served as the inaugural board president for the James and Grace Lee Boggs School in Detroit, Michigan. The school uses project-based curricula to nurture creative critical thinkers who contribute to the well-being of their community.

Dr. Helaire received his B.A. in Psychology with honors from Morehouse College, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate. He then earned his M.S. in Developmental Psychology, and Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan.