Diana Derige, DrPH
Dr. Derige is the Vice President of Health Equity Strategy & Development at the American Medical Association’s Center for Health Equity. In this role, she provides strategic direction for the Center for Health Equity through alliances and programming. The role of the Center for Health Equity is to embed health equity across the AMA so that health equity becomes part of the practice, process, action, innovation, and organizational performance and outcomes. Over the past twenty years, Diana has designed and managed several private philanthropic, government, and non-profit programs. She has supported local and national investments by serving as a convener, collaborator, and catalyst, responsible for nurturing opportunities for affecting positive systemic change in communities. Throughout her career, she has concentrated on promoting public health and social equity for marginalized communities. Dr. Derige has held positions of adjunct faculty at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, as co-director of the Center for Latina Maternal and Family Health Research at the University of Houston, program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Chicago Community Trust and National Director of MCH Initiatives at Urban Strategies. Dr. Derige holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and women’s studies, a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan, and a Doctor of Public Health from the University of North Carolina.