IHPC Flint Michigan Task Force, Co-chair
Founder, Ntianu Center for Healing and Nature
Gail C. Christopher, DN is a nationally-recognized leader in health policy, with particular expertise in social determinants of health, health inequities and health policy. After many years of leadership at the WK Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), Gail retired at the end of August 2017 in order to turn her attention to development of her Ntianu Center for Healing and Nature in Maryland, which she founded to honor the memory of her firstborn child who died in infancy.
While with the Kellogg Foundation Gail served as vice president for program strategy with responsibility for multiple areas of programming, including Racial Equity — including as senior advisor and vice president for Truth, Racial Healing & Transforming (TRHT); Food, Health & Well-Being; Public Policy; Community Engagement and Leadership; and the foundation’s place-based programs in New Mexico.
Her many awards include:
• Honorary Fellow for the Society for Public Health Education,
• Change Agent Award by the Schott Foundation for Public Education,
• John C. MacQueen Lecture Award for leadership and innovation from the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs,
• Terrance Keenan Award for Grantmakers in Health,
• Leadership Award from the Health Brain Trust of the Congressional Black Caucus for her work in reducing racial and ethnic health disparities
Gail is chair of the board for Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration
Christopher took her doctor of naprapathy degree from the Chicago National College of Naprapathy in Illinois and subsequently served as director and naprapathic physician with the Naprapathic Health Centers in Chicago.