Heather Johnson Joins Mary Bird Perkins As Director Of Early Detection & Education

(Baton Rouge, La.) Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is pleased to welcome Heather Johnson as director of early detection and education, serving as the leader of the organization’s longstanding Prevention on the Go community program. In this role, Johnson will work with a team that provides free mobile prevention, education and early detection services to communities throughout the region.

Johnson began her career at Mary Bird Perkins as an intern in 2012 and was then promoted to prevention and education specialist until 2015. During this time, she assisted with many projects for the organization such as SurviveDat, the Young Breast Cancer Survivors and Sun Safety programs.

Johnson was most recently employed by Cardiovascular Institute of the South where she was the medical practice administrator for clinics in New Iberia and Lafayette, LA.

As director of the Prevention on the Go community program, Johnson will oversee operations throughout southeast Louisiana, the Delta region and southwest Mississippi.

“We are excited to have Heather rejoin the Mary Bird Perkins team and help advance the organization’s mission to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer,” said Renea Duffin, vice president of cancer support and outreach. “She possesses an impressive amount of experience, dedication and passion that will be beneficial to our Prevention on the Go program, an initiative where we provide outreach and education and detect cancer at its earliest stage—the time when it is most treatable,” said Duffin.

Johnson obtained her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Louisiana State University and her master’s degree in public administration from Southern University Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.

About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is a regional cancer care organization that has been fighting cancer for 50 years. The cancer care organization provides care at nine centers in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Houma, Gonzales, Zachary and Natchez, Mississippi, and its service area encompasses southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi regions. For more information, please visit