Kathleen Holmes – Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Missouri Foundation For Health
Kathleen Holmes joined Missouri Foundation For Health (MFFH) in 2007 as a program officer. Prior to joining MFFH, Kathleen worked as a research coordinator at Saint Louis University’s School of Public Health in the CDC-funded Health Communication Research Laboratory focusing on eliminating health disparities. She gained extensive health care experience throughout her early career as a registered nurse, and later as a hospital nurse educator. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from McKendree University in Lebanon, IL and a Master of Public Health degree from Saint Louis University. Since joining MFFH, Kathleen has provided direction and support across a variety of issue areas, including current initiatives seeking to decrease infant mortality and unintended pregnancy. As part of the executive team at MFFH Kathleen provides knowledge and expertise in establishing and executing strategy; exploring, developing, and implementing new approaches; mentoring staff; and collaborating with health leaders throughout Missouri and across the US to catalyze change and eliminate health inequities.
Dr. Denise Hooks-Anderson – Associate Professor, Saint Louis University
Dr. Denise Hooks-Anderson is a board certified Family Physician whose research interests include preventative medicine and the elimination of health disparities. Her passion is fueled by her strong desire to improve healthcare for minority, disadvantaged and marginalized communities. Her philosophy is simple: treat all people with respect, compassion and love. She is a graduate of Jackson State University, the University Of Iowa College Of Medicine, and the Lincoln Family Medicine Residency Program in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her past work experiences have included community medicine and private practice. She is currently an Associate Professor at Saint Louis University in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Hooks-Anderson is heavily involved in the community with presentations and other volunteer activities. She presently serves as the Medical Editor of The Saint Louis American newspaper and the President of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Affiliate of the American Heart Association. She is also the past president of Mound City Medical Forum, the local chapter of the National Medical Association. Dr. Hooks-Anderson is the recipient of numerous awards including the Donald Brennan Humanitarian Award.
Dr. Jameca Woody Cooper – Licensed Psychologist, Emergence Psychological Services
Dr. Jameca Woody Cooper is an accomplished Counseling psychologist and one of the leading providers of psychotherapy services to older adults in St. Louis. After recognizing the overwhelming need for mental health services among older individuals and African Americans in St. Louis, Dr. Falconer launched her psychotherapy practice in 2006. Her company, Emergence Psychological Services, provides psychological services to thousands of St. Louis area residents, many of whom have functional and physical limitations. As president and clinical director of Emergence Psychological Services, she has provided a valuable service to residents of Saint Louis, at a time when many health providers have abandoned in-home visits. Emergence Psychological Services specializes in providing psychotherapy for racial/ethnic minorities, women and older adults.
Dr. Vetta Thompson – Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion & Equality, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
Vetta Sanders Thompson is the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Studies at the Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis and currently serves as the School’s Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Dr. Sanders Thompson serves as co-director of the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University, is an associate member of the Siteman Cancer Center, and a faculty affiliate of the Department of African and African-American Studies. Dr. Sanders Thompson’s research focuses on the health and well-being of diverse communities, particularly the African-American community. Her scholarship addresses racial identity and socialization, implications of experiences of discrimination and socio-cultural determinants of disparities. Her goal is to empower members of the community to improve their health and well-being through education and opportunities for action. She teaches courses in human diversity, disparities and mental health. Her funded research addresses promotion of cancer screening among African Americans and community engagement. A licensed clinical psychologist, Sanders Thompson is active in professional associations. She served as an associate editor for the APA journal PsycCritiques, a past Chair of the State Committee of Psychologist, past President of the Missouri Psychological Association and has been honored by the St. Louis community, as well as her profession.