Former Harvard Scholar to Lead the National Collaborative for Health Equity

Gail Christopher was appointed executive director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity. Founded in 2014, the National Collaborative was established to promote health equity through action, leadership, inclusion, and collaboration.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the collaborative’s mission statement says: “The mission of the National Collaborative for Health Equity is to promote health equity by harnessing evidence, developing leaders, and catalyzing partnerships across the many different sectors that share responsibility for creating a more equitable and just society. Recognizing that action, leadership, inclusion, and collaboration are the basis for driving policy decisions, we strive to connect people most impacted by social and racial injustices and to transform systems and institutions built on the enduring legacy of racism, particularly it’s less visible but more insidious–structural manifestations. In so doing we improve the health, well-being and life opportunities for communities of color.”

“I look forward to working with the NCHE National Advisory Committee, the entire talented NCHE team, national leadership networks, and philanthropic organizations to help America develop a true Culture of Health, ‘’ Dr. Christopher said. “Doing so will require eliminating the antiquated, but still deeply entrenched belief in a hierarchy of human value and the consequences of that detrimental belief system. Changing the culture requires changing hearts and minds and creating a culture fueled by compassion, empathy, and mutual regard.”

Previously, Dr. Christopher was executive director of The Innovation in American Government Awards Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She also served as vice president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Dr. Christopher also served as vice president and senior advisor at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Dr. Christopher holds a doctor of naprapathy degree from the Chicago National College of Naprapathy.



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