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October 10, 2022 / 2022 Power 25 Health Care

2022 Power 25 Health Care: Tiffany Donelson

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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.

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 CEO role, Donelson has brought together health systems, community health centers, physician practices, behavioral health providers, and others to use self-reported patient data to identify and address disparities in care and outcomes.

She also oversaw the launch of a new grant initiative focused on grassroots advocacy organizations working toward racial equity and justice, and has worked to elevate the voices of people most affected by health equity issues.

Donelson is also on various state and nonprofit boards, including co-chair of the public health subcommittee of the Commission on Racial Equity in Public Health; member of the Healthcare Benchmark Initiative Steering Committee; board chair of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy; and board member of the United Way of Connecticut.

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