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October 18, 2021 POWER 25 HEALTHCARE

2021 Power 25 Health Care: Tiffany Donelson

The Connecticut Health Foundation is an influential philanthropic organization that has helped focus policy and actions by philanthropists, government and advocacy groups on the fact that individuals from disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups in our state are less healthy.

Tiffany Donelson

And in 2020 the foundation tapped a woman with significant private-sector experience to replace founding CEO Patricia Baker.

Tiffany Donelson is a former deputy chief of staff for national businesses at Hartford health insurer Aetna. She was also previously a consultant for accounting and consulting giant PwC in Chicago.

She joined the foundation in 2014 and previously served as its vice president of programs.

In her role as health foundation CEO, Donelson has led the organization's COVID-19 response focused on supporting communities of color.

Over the past year-plus, the foundation has awarded grants to five health departments in major cities, including Hartford, to hire community health workers to support COVID-related outreach activities. It also awarded messaging grants to community organizations to share information about COVID-19, the vaccines, and resources for those who need assistance.

The foundation has long focused on advancing health equity for people of color, something that’s gained much wider attention over the past year. Donelson said her broad goal is to make sure the state builds on this new recognition and works toward assuring structural changes occur to advance health equity.

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