Building The Next Generation of BIPOC Healthcare Leaders with Michellene Davis

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Building The Next Generation of BIPOC Healthcare Leaders with Michellene Davis

September 30, 2022

Building The Next Generation of BIPOC Healthcare Leaders with Michellene Davis

Building The Next Generation of Healthcare Leaders with Michellene Davis.

My next podcast guest, Michellene Davis, Esq assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of National Medical Fellowships, Inc., (NMF) in May of 2021. Founded in 1946, NMF was one of America’s first diversity organizations and remains the only national organization advancing health equity at the intersection of wealth and health. It provides scholarships to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) medical and health professions students underrepresented in medicine to ensure equity of access to culturally competent, high-quality health care. NMF also increases the number of BIPOC clinician leaders to diversify clinical trials.

Davis is named among Modern Healthcare magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Minority Leaders in Healthcare and Becker’s Hospital Review’s Top113 Great Leaders in Healthcare 2022 and Top 50 African Americans to Know in Healthcare. The National Association of Health Services Executives awarded her their 2021 Senior Health Care Executive Award.

Davis most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at RWJ Barnabas Health, the largest academic medical center system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation. She was the first African American in state history to serve as Chief Policy Counsel to former New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine, the first African American and only the second woman to serve as New Jersey State Treasurer.


Ms. Davis began her legal career as a trial litigator, is an Honors graduate of Seton Hall University, and holds a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall School of Law. She holds Executive Education Certificates in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Harvard Business School and in Social Impact Strategy from the Wharton School of Business.


In this interview we cover:

~Michellene Davis’ journey to becoming President and CEO of NMF

~Explore why having BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) physicians is vital to healthcare

~How the ability to recruit and retain diverse healthcare leaders would impact healthcare disparities

~What is NMF’s approach to reducing healthcare disparities and what would it take for other organizations to support diversity in healthcare?

~NMF’s 7 pillars

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