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Kandace Vallejo
Posted On July 23, 2019 2:13 am
Founder and Executive Director Youth Rise Texas FOCUS Being a teenager is hard for everyone, but when a teenage child unexpectedly loses a parent, it changes their life forever. This loss becomes even more difficult when shrouded in the shame, silence, and economic hardship that too often accompany the sudden loss of a parent to… View Article
Camryn Smith
Posted On July 23, 2019 2:09 am
Executive Director Communities In Partnership FOCUS Camryn’s goal in her community in Durham, North Carolina is to bring more concrete, community rooted and led strategies and outcomes that are centered around how chronic illness and health are linked inextricably to inequality, lack of resources, and stress, all of which are rooted in historical and institutional… View Article
Denise Octavia Smith
Posted On July 23, 2019 2:06 am
Research Associate and Projects Manager Health Disparities Institute FOCUS Denise Octavia Smith leads the development and implementation of the UConn Health Disparities Institute health and public policy research agenda and the Equal Coverage to Care statewide coalition. She has a specific focus on community-engaged research and health system transformation through the integration of community and… View Article
Judis Santos
Posted On July 23, 2019 2:04 am
Lifeline Program Manager Metropolitan Transportation Commission FOCUS “Innovation Brokering to Link Transportation and Health.” Bridging the nexus between transportation and health means that all people reap the community benefits of cleaner air, access to affordable and reliable transportation, and the ability to efficiently get to destinations that matter for their health—jobs, a trip to the… View Article
Ryan Oelrich
Posted On July 23, 2019 1:50 am
Executive Director Priority Spokane FOCUS There are over 500 nonprofits operating in Ryan Oelrich’s home town of Spokane, Washington, and approximately 30,000 across Washington state. There is no formal system for connecting or aligning the efforts of nonprofit organizations doing similar work. As a result, scarce resources and valuable time are too often wasted as… View Article
Fatimah Loren Muhammad
Posted On July 23, 2019 1:48 am
Executive Director Health Alliance for Violence Intervention FOCUS Fatimah leads the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (HAVI) as its first Executive Director. Through innovative community/hospital partnerships, HAVI has expanded health-based, trauma-informed care by cultivating a powerful national alliance of ER doctors, trauma surgeons, researchers, front line interventionalists, and communities impacted by violence. Fatimah’s vision for… View Article
Kimalon Dixon
Posted On July 23, 2019 1:46 am
Senior Project Director Cleveland Purpose Built Communities FOCUS The Buckeye and Grenville neighborhoods of Cleveland, Ohio, are located at the intersection of opportunity and challenge. Each community has its own cultural richness, history, and assets, yet both have significant health, economic, and educational disparities. My focus is to listen to the community’s voice to inform… View Article
Patrick Kennelly
Posted On July 23, 2019 1:43 am
Director Marquette University Center for Peacemaking FOCUS Patrick believes that the challenges faced by urban neighborhoods can be solved rather than managed. He envisions urban communities transformed from neighborhoods of last resort to destination neighborhoods for families of all incomes; communities where throughout their lives people are successful and healthy; places where businesses thrive, children… View Article

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