Dr. Phoenix was the recipient of a 2008 Health Policy Fellowship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She spent her fellowship year working on health care reform efforts in the US Senate. Dr. Phoenix designed and implemented a home visiting program for developmentally disabled children to identify environmental asthma triggers and environmental hazards and to educate families on risk reduction strategies. She served on two federal advisory committees, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Lead Poisoning Advisory Committee and the Environmental Protection Agency's Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee. She has international experience having consulted for the US Agency for International Development and the Environmental Protection Agency in efforts to eliminate the use of leaded gasoline. Dr. Phoenix directed a community based participatory research project in the District of Columbia using faith based organizations in partnership with local health and environmental governmental agencies. Dr. Phoenix managed the National Lead Information Center a federally funded hotline and clearinghouse. She was the Director of Health Education for the Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning a national advocacy organization now known as the Alliance for Healthy Housing. She is an established media spokesperson with interviews on Good Morning America, CNBC and Voice of America and numerous print outlets. She designed three national media campaigns on lead poisoning prevention. They included a Spanish language campaign for Spanish language media outlets Telemundo, Univision and Galavision and an award winning campaign using the muppets Elmo and Oscar for Children's Television Workshop. She has written curriculums on environmental lead poisoning, environmental triggers of asthma, breast cancer and AIDS.