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Ep 41: Operationalizing Health Equity with Lauren Powell, MPA, Ph.D, President & CEO, The Equitist, VP, Health Equity and Community Wellness, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

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Ep 41: Operationalizing Health Equity with Lauren Powell, MPA, Ph.D, President & CEO, The Equitist, VP, Health Equity and Community Wellness, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

In this episode, we sit down with Lauren Powell, President & CEO of The Equitist. The conversation explores Lauren’s foray into healthcare leadership, operationalizing change, and sources of motivation that…
August 11, 2021

Ep 41: Operationalizing Health Equity with Lauren Powell, MPA, Ph.D, President & CEO, The Equitist, VP, Health Equity and Community Wellness, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Meet Dr. Powell:  

Lauren Powell is the President & CEO of The Equitist, LLC and concurrently serves as the Vice President, US Health Equity & Community Wellness for Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Formerly the Director of Health Equity for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Dr. Powell was the youngest Black woman and the first with a Ph.D. to serve in this role. She earned a Master in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Doctor of Philosophy in Population Health Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

In This Episode: 

Dr. Powell shares with Sanjula how her experiences during Hurricane Katrina and working as a clinical researcher helped reshape her career trajectory and passion for health equity. She also shares the challenges of being the only black woman at the leadership table.  

  • How Dr. Powell describes health equity (15:10)
  • Dr. Powell experienced the social determinants of health her senior year of college with Hurricane Katrina (2:39)
  • Diversity is changing the face of public health and will attract more to pursue as a career (13:13)
  • Keeping a network of leaders and mentors helps to not feel alone at the top (33:21)
  • The COVID crisis goes beyond having sanitizer and safety measures (38:13)

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