featuring ANGELA GLOVER BLACKWELL
Founder in Residence
Thursday, November 19th at 2pm
Link to the virtual livestream will be announced soon
Angela Glover Blackwell is Founder in Residence at PolicyLink, the organization she started in 1999 to advance racial and economic equity for all. Under Angela’s leadership, PolicyLink gained national prominence in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, and infrastructure. Her Radical Imagination podcast debuted in September 2019, and introduces listeners to a world of talented, creative, progressive thinkers whose vision and determination are challenging the status quo to create the change we need.
Prior to founding PolicyLink, Angela served as Senior Vice President at The Rockefeller Foundation. A lawyer by training, she gained national recognition as founder of the Urban Strategies Council. From 1977 to 1987, Angela was a partner at Public Advocates. Angela is the co-author of Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future, and she authored The Curb Cut Effect, published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in 2017.
As a leading voice in the movement for equity in America, Angela serves on numerous boards. She advised the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve as one of 15 members of its inaugural Community Advisory Council, and in 2020 was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom to the state Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery. She is the 2018 recipient of the John W. Gardner Leadership Award, presented by the Independent Sector, and in 2017, she received the Peter E. Haas Public Service Award from the University of California, Berkeley.
Healthcare Georgia Foundation funds an annual lectureship focusing on health equity and disparities at the Georgia State University School of Public Health in honor of Dr. Marshall Kreuter and Mrs. Martha Katz.
Dr. Kreuter has extensive experience in engagement of communities in the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs. As a professor at Georgia State, he focused on health disparities in inner-city Atlanta, and the extent to which the presence or absence of social capital may be associated with the effectiveness of community-based initiatives. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia State, Dr. Kreuter was a Distinguished Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where, for two decades, he served in several key leadership roles. While at the CDC, he worked to refine the epidemiologic study of physical activity, initiated research and programs focused on the early detection of breast cancer, added a greater emphasis on school health, and created the Planned Approach to Community Health.
Mrs. Katz began her career in public health working in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she was part of the team that developed the first Healthy People: Objectives for the Nation in 1980. Later, as deputy director of the CDC for policy and legislation, Mrs. Katz advised the CDC Director on complex policy issues and provided leadership for the agency’s legislative initiatives, health communications programs, and relationships with external partners. Mrs. Katz was instrumental in the establishment of the CDC Foundation and currently serves on the boards of the Georgia Health Foundation and the James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation. As Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s Director of Health Policy, she also provided leadership for the strategic deployment of resources for effective health policy in Georgia.
Healthcare Georgia Foundation, a statewide, private, independent foundation, advances the health of all Georgians and expands access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities.
The 2019 Kreuter Katz Lecture on Health Equity featured Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble, University Professor of Medical Humanities and Professor of Health Policy and American Studies at the The George Washington University. Her lecture topic was Pioneering Racial Justice, Health Equity, and Public Health: The Activist Life of Dr. Virginia M. Alexander.
The 2018 Kreuter Katz Lecture on Health Equity featured Dr. Collins Airhihenbuwa, professor of Health Management & Policy in the Georgia State University School of Public Health and leader of the interdisciplinary team known as the Global Research Against Non-communicable Disease (GRAND) Initiative. His lecture focused on crossroads and the journey for health equity.
The 2017 Kreuter Katz Lecture on Health Equity featured Dr. Matthew Kreuter, founder of the Health Communication Research Laboratory. His lecture focused on communication-based strategies to eliminate health disparities with an emphasis on finding ways to increase the reach and effectiveness of health information for low-income and minority populations.