65 over 65 - Dr. Marie Spivey
Congratulations to Dr. Marie Spivey, one of the distinguished honorees that will be recognized throughout the year culminating in a state-wide celebration at CLN's 65th Jubilee Luncheon to be held on June 1, 2018.
Pearl of Wisdom
"Language, culture and educational barriers promote health disparities. As nurses, your voice will elevate this knowledge to influence decision-making and quality of healthcare to end health inequities."
About the Honoree
Marie served as the Vice President of Health Equity for the Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA); was the first Chair of the Connecticut Commission on Health Equity, and of the New England Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) which was the first of 10 councils across the country created by the United States Department of Health and Human Service's Office of Minority Health. Marie utilizes her expertise by supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives in her role as an active member of the Connecticut League for Nursing Board.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Spivey moved from her former position as the CEO of the Charter Oak Terrace/Rice Heights Health Center to join the Connecticut Department of Public Health as its first Bureau Chief of Community Health. In that capacity, she worked with community health centers, local health departments and other community-based organizations in and out of the state of Connecticut toward enhancing health equity, primarily for those who are socioeconomically deprived and medically underserved.
Marie is a Visiting Professor at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Pediatrics, Community Medicine and Healthcare, the Center of Excellence in Health Disparities research, and the Center for Public Health and Health Policy. During Dr. Spivey's tenure as Hartford Hospital's first African American Vice President of Community Involvement, she was responsible for the facility's expanded participation into the Greater Hartford communities through its Community Benefit programs and its mobile van Health Star - which increased adult immunizations throughout the Hartford community. She also served as the hospital's loaned executive as the Chief Executive Officer of the Learning Corridor - and as such, launched Hartford's first 16-acre campus of 4 magnet schools and a performing arts theater.
During her work with Capital Workforce Partners, Marie partnered with a number of organizations to create a program with Capital Community College which enabled many Certified Nursing Assistants to enhance their academic skills well enough to test into and achieve eligibility into the healthcare career pipeline - producing nurses, health educators, and other social service professionals.
Currently, having retired from CHA, Marie is a consulting partner with Health & Equity, LLC whose mission is to help organizations develop an energetic, diverse workforce fully prepared to address health inequalities and disparities.
Marie is a Registered Nurse who holds a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and a Master's Degree in Public Administration - both from the University of Hartford.
Congratulations Marie, we applaud all that you do for nursing in Connecticut!