Priority Health, a fast-growing health plan based in Grand Rapids, announced Shannon Wilson as the company’s first vice president of populations health and health equity.
Wilson, who previously served as vice president of state markets, east, will now be responsible for quality improvement for Priority Health’s Medicare, Medicaid, commercial and individual lines of business. She will also oversee the development and execution of Priority Health’s population health and health equity strategy. Wilson will maintain her position as the executive director of the Total Health Care Foundation.
“We made the decision to add this new role due to the growing and critical need for health equity and better understanding our populations,” says Praveen Thadani, president of Priority Health.
“Shannon has an unwavering commitment to furthering health equity, and I can think of no one better to take on this responsibility. Her passion for improving the health and well-being of all makes her the perfect fit for this role and we know her work will positively impact the communities we serve.”
Prior to joining Priority Health, Wilson served as executive director of the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute, vice president of the Alliance for Health, scientific program coordinator at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the first health disparities epidemiologist at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and her master’s degree from the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in public health leadership from the University of Illinois-Chicago.