Vondie Woodbury, MBA
Vondie Woodbury has over 40 years of practitioner experience in community organizing, public policy and health improvement strategies. Her professional work has targeted the intersection of Population Health Management and traditional hospital community benefit within Trinity Health, where she previously served as Vice President of Community Benefit. While at Trinity, Vondie oversaw the system-wide implementation of Affordable Care Act requirements for Community Benefit and led a team responsible for the oversight of internal grant making and reporting on system goals and strategies. Beginning in 2016, she has served as a consultant to both the state CHIR team and later the Muskegon CHIR site.
Kevin Barnett, DrPH, MCP
Kevin has led research and fieldwork to advance hospital community benefit practices and increase
health workforce diversity for nearly three decades, working with hospitals, government agencies and community stakeholders across the country. He serves as the Executive Director of CACHE, a national center supporting evidence-informed intersectoral collaboration between healthcare, related sectors, and diverse community stakeholders. Recent work includes partnerships with the National League of Cities (NLC) to support equity focused strategies in cities across the country. Current work includes a partnership with Communities Lifting Communities (CLC) at the Hospital Association of Southern California that includes a collaborative strategy to invest in affordable housing through the LA Partnership, and a contract with the city of Roanoke, Virginia to facilitate the establishment of two Resident Advisory Councils to guide intersectoral investments in community revitalization. Recent work in the workforce diversity arena includes serving as co-director of the management team for the California Future Health Workforce Commission and co-author of the 2018 report “Meeting the Demand For Health.” Kevin serves on the Board of Directors for the Trinity Health System and the Pathways Community HUB Institute, the Metrics Advisory Council for the Lown Institute Hospitals Index, the Advisory Board of Health Career Connection, and the Expert Working Group for the UMN Rural Health Research Center.
Karen J. Minyard, PhD
Karen Minyard has led the center since 2001. Research interests include financing and evaluation of health-related social policy programs; strategic alignment of public and private health policy through collective impact; the role of local health initiatives in improving health equity; and how targeted technical assistance improves the sustainability and effectiveness of health collaboratives.
Ji Im, MPH
Ji Im is a system senior director for community and population health at CommonSpirit Health in the San Francisco office. Since 2015, Ji has been responsible for catalyzing, scaling, and sustaining community-centered care models. In this role, Ji’s responsibilities include partnering with national, state, and local external and internal stakeholders to integrate and align community health priorities, foster cross-sector collaborations, and develop strategic community partnerships addressing the social determinants of health. Ji oversees CommonSpirit’s data and analytics platform for social needs/nonclinical data and the Social Innovation Partnership Grant Program to fuel innovation in historically underserved communities. Ji is also the co-chair of the Community Care Hub workgroup for Partnership to Align Social Care, a national action and learning network to co-design a health and social care ecosystem.
Before joining CommonSpirit Health, Ji was director of the community benefit for Northwell Health in New York. Ji brings program development, strategy and implementation, process improvement, and technology integration experiences from Yale-New Haven Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and George Washington Medical Center and IT business consulting experience in the high-tech sector from Accenture.
Ji graduated from Yale School of Public Health, the College of William and Mary, and was a Next Generation Leadership Fellow at the American Hospital Association.
Tressa Liba, MSW, MPA, CCHW
Tressa Liba, MSW, MPA, CCHW serves as Executive Director for Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance (MiCHWA). Ms. Liba is a seasoned community health worker (CHW) with over 18 years in the community health profession having trained and supervised teams in the Pathways Community Hub Model and maintains her CHW certification through MICHWA.
As Executive Director, Ms. Liba is responsible for the overall planning, implementation, administration, and management of MiCHWA’s programs, services, policies, fiscal resources and supervises its staff. She also provides leadership, vision, and direction for MiCHWA and works with the Board to develop and oversee implementation of organizational strategy.
As a community health worker with Trinity Health, Ms. Liba successfully established, implemented and delivered high-quality home visiting program for high-risk pregnant women. She led, supported and provided ongoing training and mentoring for a team of home visiting CHWs serving high risk populations in the areas of chronic disease, geriatrics, infectious disease and youth. Ms. Liba led and supported efforts to end homelessness as chair Muskegon County Homeless Continuum of Care Network Case Managers Committee. Ms. Liba began her career leading local efforts to address Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention.
“I am here to serve CHWs. I know from personal experience how hard our professionals work every day, giving 110% to the communities that they serve. I am here to advocate for systems that promote the growth and sustainability of CHW programs and services with a special focus on equitable access to training, certification, and renumeration for CHWs.”