Joy Toliver, M.P.H, joined NIA’s Office of Strategic Extramural Programs as a Program Analyst in January 2020. In this role, Joy develops, implements, and evaluates programs and initiatives to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the NIA SBIR program. She is the program coordinator for the NIA Start-Up Challenge, a five-month accelerator program and cash prize competition aimed to foster diversity in aging research and entrepreneurship. Joy also collaborates across the NIH to participate in funding opportunities and programs that promote health equity and that diversify the research and entrepreneurial workforce. Joy leads the NIA SBIR entrepreneurial and investor initiatives for NIA SBIR-funded start-ups developing age tech solutions. In this role, Joy develops and coordinates a suite of awardee-support programs and she builds relationships with investors, strategic partners, and key stakeholders in aging research and innovation.
Prior to joining NIA, Joy served in leadership roles in senior living operations and geriatric care management. She completed her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she was awarded Outstanding Capstone for her research on aging and homelessness in Baltimore city. Her research interests include minority health disparities, long-term care access and quality, and direct care worker training and retention strategies.