I am the Vice President of Health Equity at Spectrum Health (Spectrum) in Michigan. In this role I lead efforts to coordinate and align all health equity work across the Spectrum system. As part of this work I assisted in crafting the vision, goals, guiding principles, strategic framework and priorities for the system’s health equity work. I have also helped author the system’s key documents and messaging including our anti-racism pledge, key definitions, and educational materials. My previous roles at Spectrum include VP of Health Equity and Executive Director of Population Health at Lakeland – a division of Spectrum Health.
Since 2018, I have sat on the St Joseph City Commision and I am currently the city’s Mayor ProTem. Past community appointments include: Member of the Downtown
Development Planning Committee, Edgewater Bank Board, Benton Harbor Promise Zone, the Berrien County Mental Health Authority, and Cornerstone Alliance. I also secured awards from the Michigan Public Health Institute that supported our work with the Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities and the Rapid Response Initiative in 2020. The efforts supported the creation of the Center for Better Health to provide COVID and ancillary support to the residents of Benton Harbor, MI. $1,200,000. In addition, I have served on the boards of such organizations such as Sergeant Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, and the Heartland Alliance for Human Rights and Human Needs.
In 2018, I received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Culture of Health Leadership award which provided rich opportunities to learn from health equity advocates across the country on how to build a culture of health. For more about the Culture Health Leadership program, please visit https://cultureofhealth-leaders.org/.