Transforming Healthcare Access and Outcomes in Detroit: The Impact of a Trailblazing Leader

Brooke Blackwell-Burch is a trailblazing leader in the healthcare industry. As the Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Chief of Staff at Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN), she has played a critical role in transforming the healthcare landscape in Detroit.

Blackwell-Burch is a seasoned healthcare executive, with over 15 years of experience in healthcare administration, public policy, and advocacy. She has worked tirelessly to improve access to healthcare for underserved communities, particularly those with mental health and substance use disorders.

At DWIHN, Blackwell-Burch has been instrumental in developing and implementing programs that provide high-quality, integrated healthcare services to Detroit residents. Under her leadership, DWIHN has expanded its reach to serve over 80,000 individuals each year.

One of Blackwell-Burch’s most significant accomplishments has been her work in advancing policy initiatives that support mental health and substance use disorder treatment. She has been a fierce advocate for expanding Medicaid coverage for these services, as well as increasing funding for community-based mental health and substance use treatment programs.

Thanks to her leadership, DWIHN has been able to secure millions of dollars in funding from state and federal sources to support its programs and services. In addition, Blackwell-Burch has played a pivotal role in developing partnerships with other healthcare organizations, government agencies, and community stakeholders to create a more integrated and effective healthcare system in Detroit. 

Blackwell-Burch’s commitment to improving healthcare access and outcomes in Detroit has not gone unnoticed. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her leadership and advocacy, including the Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40 Award and the Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence Award.

As a Black woman in a leadership position, Blackwell-Burch is also a role model and mentor for other women and people of color in the healthcare industry. She is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, and has worked to create a more equitable and inclusive workplace at DWIHN.

In conclusion, Brooke Blackwell-Burch is a powerful force in the healthcare industry, and her leadership has had a transformative impact on the lives of thousands of Detroit residents. Her advocacy and commitment to improving healthcare access and outcomes serve as an inspiration to all who work in healthcare and public policy.

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