Equity and systems changes are essential to eliminate disparities in care. Vanetta Abdellatif has dedicated her career to increase access to essential, high-quality care with a focus on people who experience systemic inequities.
Solve big problems together.
Vanetta believes strong partnerships advance health equity. Through her strategic leadership, she connects Arcora Foundation with partners and community members who are interested in oral health, as well as looks for opportunities to form new partnerships. She elevates the importance of oral health by showing how deeply connected it is to overall health. She leads the Foundation’s collaboration with community groups, state associations, other non-profits, the dental and medical communities, policy makers, elected officials, and others to address complex and long-term oral health issues.
Highlights of accomplishments during Vanetta’s career:
- Supported community and tribal dental clinics affected by COVID-19 with $4 million in funding in 2020.
- Advocated successfully for policy changes to increase children’s access to care.
- Supported creation of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board Committee to ensure equity is included in Foundation’s work. The National Association of Corporate Directors recognized the Board’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by naming the Board a finalist for the 2021 DE&I awards.
Dedication to serving others.
Before joining the Foundation in February 2020, Vanetta was CEO of the Multnomah County (Oregon) Health Department’s Community Health Centers Program, a large Federally Qualified Health Center that served more than 66,000 people at 18 locations annually. She also held leadership roles in health care delivery and administration at Kaiser Permanente, Catholic Health Corporation, Legacy Health System and Providence Health System. She previously served as board chair for OCHIN, Northwest Health Foundation Board, and Oregon Primary Care Association and as a board member of Pacific Source Health Foundation.
Vanetta earned a Bachelor of Arts in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Public Health from San Diego State University.