Liam Lipham, MPH, has an extraordinary passion for creating positive change in the world and he does this through advocating, role-modeling, mentoring, reducing stigma, volunteering, and uplifting others. He began his career as a Navy Seabee and served in Operation Enduring Freedom. In Kuwait and Afghanistan, the combat veteran aided in humanitarian efforts that provided electricity and water to civilians and allied military forces.
After his military service, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Promotion and Master of Public Health from California State University, Northridge. Liam’s public health work began with US veterans suffering from military sexual trauma and combat-related PTSD, and LGBTQ+ populations. As a transgender man, Liam advocates for equal access to quality healthcare, housing, and employment opportunities for queer and transgender+ individuals. He also advocates for his community by uplifting LGBTQ+ youth through mentorship at Compass Community Center in Lake Worth, Florida and sits on the Board of Directors for Night Runners WPB, an all-inclusive running group who enthusiastically promotes physical activity and friendship for everyone.
Prior to joining Faces & Voices of Recovery, Liam was a Project Coordinator for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) Planning grant and RCORP-Implementation grant for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at Hanley Foundation. As a project coordinator, he led the Hendry Okeechobee and Glades Opioid Consortium (HOGOC) and established the first ever incarceration-based Naloxone distribution program in Hendry County, Florida.
Growing up with both parents, relatives, and friends who have chaotic relationships with substances, Liam has had a first-hand look at the effects of substance use. As a proud recovery ally, he works relentlessly to advocate for substance use disorder, reduce stigma, build capacity, and increase recovery community supports.
In his free time, he loves to snorkel, hike, kayak, travel, exercise, explore, and is always learning or trying new things. If you’re ever in the West Palm Beach, Florida area come exercise with him every Monday and Thursday night at Howard Park (@NightRunnersWPB)!