Steph Gans

Steph is a grassroots community organizer, social worker, and public health professional. As a grassroots community organizer, she fought to stop a coal plant, protect workers’ rights, and prevent deaths of people held in jail. She started her career as a social worker at a community mental health organization. There, she supported people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder to reach their goals. Later she worked at Lincoln Community Health Center. She partnered with clients to lower their risk of opioid overdose. At the NC Division of Public Health, she organized statewide efforts to help people quit smoking, vaping, or using tobacco. This resulted in a decrease in tobacco use among North Carolinians struggling with mental health or substance use. Contact her by email at

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