Current Leader

Brandon Batiste

Brandon Batiste
Location: Washington, District of Columbia Cohort Start Year: 2020 Project Topics: Addiction and Substance Abuse, Behavioral and Mental Health, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Economic Stability, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Food Systems and Nutrition, Health Care Access, Health Care Quality, Leadership Development, Public, Population and Community Health Populations Served: African-American/Black, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Incarcerated or Formerly Incarcerated Populations, Low-Income Communities, People with Addictions, Urban Communities
Network Strategy Lead
Cityblock Health

Brandon Batiste’s vision for a Culture of Health is an inclusive, patient-centered, and community-focused integrated system of care that is built on evidence-based practice, wellness, and recovery. He aims to build economic and health care delivery systems that create access to behavioral health, substance abuse, and associated therapies for communities in need.

On average, 1 in 5 people in the United States is dealing with an undiagnosed behavioral health issue, and more often than not, will not seek treatment or get appropriate care due to stigma, barriers to access, and limited provider availability. Additionally, behavioral health is often overlooked as a public health issue due to a historical focus on communicable and more immediately life-threatening diseases (such as cancer and HIV/AIDS), yet it has profound effects on an individual’s physical and social well-being, quality of life, and economic productivity. The wrinkles of our nation’s fragile mental health infrastructure permeate through every facet of the human experience and are pronounced via the opioid crisis, mass shootings, and increasing suicide rates. Furthermore, the divide in primary care, especially for patients dealing with more than one behavioral health condition, often breaks the system for underserved communities in need. These challenges are further pronounced via a health care workforce that is not reflective of the populations it serves or equipped to adequately address their needs.

Brandon seeks to build a Culture of Health that eliminates the stigma associated with mental health, increases access to behavioral health treatment therapies, and promotes the integration of mental health with physical medicine.


A native Louisianan, Brandon has overcome the perceived trajectory for African American men. Yet the community viewpoint remains a haunting reflection and constant reminder of the systemic challenges still facing the nation. To the Culture of Health Leaders, he brings a frame of reference to a classroom that considers the multidimensional layers of the human experience. He is passionate about aligning strategies to address real-world issues through utilitarian efforts and a commitment to understanding human behavior. Additionally, he is engaged in grassroots-level initiatives that work with communities to demand better health, both in terms of public policy and personal well-being.

One of his primary goals is to streamline the administration of behavioral health in a manner that can address the most problems on behalf of the most possible people. He brings provider and community perspectives, having experience in several sectors including government, nonprofits, academics, and community health.



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