Track 2 - Leadership

Management and Workforce Development

Sharing Session - 90 Minutes

F1 - Health Equity Awakened: Learning to Lead with Head and Heart in Public Health Practice

Wednesday, July 11
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Riverview 2

This session highlights the experiences of fellows and faculty participating in Health Equity Awakened, a national initiative that cultivates emerging leaders committed to advancing health and racial equity within governmental public health by building their capacity at the person, role, and systems level. Panelists will share the origin and design of the institute, guiding principles, and the arc of the experience. Two fellows will reflect on their growth, relationships, and the ways they have adjusted their work as a result (framing, data collection, supervision, collaboration). Joining the fellows is one of the advisors, who will reflect on their role and share feedback from the institute’s participatory evaluation. Through Q&A and large group discussion, they will examine the guiding principles essential to advancing racial justice and health equity and explore how this leadership model differs from others. Positive outcomes include deeper relationships, the growth of a robust network, fellows’ commitment to understanding their own identities, and increased ability to integrate their personal experiences and healing into professional space. Fellows report being more clear on how their life’s purpose intersects with their work.


Health Equity, Leadership & Management, Workforce

Kiran Joshi, MD, MPH

Senior Medical Officer
Cook County Department of Public Health

Dr. Kiran Joshi currently serves as Senior Medical Officer at the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), where he oversees the department’s Emergency Preparedness, Chronic Disease, and Epidemiology units. Dr. Joshi is also an attending physician at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Since joining CCDPH, Dr. Joshi has been responsible for strategic and community health improvement planning and implementation, and has provided leadership in the agency response to communicable disease outbreaks. He is also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago and trained in Preventive Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where he obtained a Master of Public Health. Dr. Joshi also trained in Family Medicine at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. He is committed to advancing health equity in suburban Cook County.


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Nicki Britten, MPH

Health Officer
Berrien County Health Department

Nicki Britten, MPH, is the Health Officer of the Berrien County Health Department in Benton Harbor, MI where she has served in a variety of roles there since she began her work in local public health in 2009. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Western Michigan University and a Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology from Yale University. Throughout her career, she has had a particular focus on health equity, obesity prevention, and food access. Nicki is known for pushing her colleagues to move further upstream in their understand and response to public health issues. She is a fellow in the 2017-2018 Health Equity Awakened Institute.


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Renee B. Canady, PhD, MPA

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Renée Canady serves as Chief Executive Officer of MPHI; a Michigan-based and nationally engaged non-profit public health institute. In this role she leads the strategic direction of the organization as they strive to build a world-class infrastructure to support the Institute’s diverse and progressive program areas and projects, while establishing and maintaining stakeholder relationships. Prior to joining MPHI, Canady served as Health Officer and Director of Ingham County Health Department, located in Lansing, Michigan. In that role she oversaw the county’s statutory responsibility to protect and promote the health of county residents and lead the expansion of the innovative and nationally known, Ingham County Health Equity Social Justice program. Dr. Canady has held faculty and leadership positions within the College of Nursing and the College of Medicine, Program for Public Health at Michigan State University. She has been recognized as a national thought leader in the areas of health inequities and disparities, cultural competence, and social justice. She has published and presented broadly on these topics and her passion for this work is evident in her personal, academic, and professional life. Dr. Canady has been highly influential in broadening the discussion of health equity and social justice while serving on numerous national boards, review panels, and advisory groups. She advised the design and implementation of Human Impact Partners’ first leadership cohort in 2014 and remains dedicated faculty of the Health Equity Awakened Institute. Dr. Canady has been an outstanding public health advocate, researcher, educator, and facilitator, and is a highly sought after speaker. She earned her PhD in Medical Sociology from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Ana Tellez, MA

Communications Director
Human Impact Partners

Ana Tellez, MA, is Communications Director at Human Impact Partners. Ana is a plain language advocate, working closely with the HIP team to develop clear and engaging materials across print, digital, and multimedia platforms. She’s been working at the intersection of public health and communications for over a decade, with an emphasis on digital product and social media strategies. She’s passionate about using new media and storytelling to uphold social justice and health equity.

Ana earned her masters in communication, technology, and education from Columbia University’s Teachers College and her bachelor’s degree in culture and politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She’s originally from Mexico City, and she lives in Berkeley, California, with her spouse and 2 kids.


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