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Press release
January 23, 2018

Dr. Tekisha Everette to Receive Families USA Health Equity Advocate of the Year Award

Award Honors Years of Leadership on Improving Minority Health

Washington, D.C. – Families USA announced today that Tekisha D. Everette, PhD, executive director for Health Equity Solutions (HES), Inc. in Hartford, Connecticut, will be presented with this year’s Health Equity Advocate Award in honor of her exceptional advocacy and commitment to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities and achieving health equity for all.

Each year at the Health Action conference, Families USA recognizes the efforts state and community leaders make in advancing social justice through health care advocacy. In recognition of Families USA’s four core areas of focus: Health Equity, Health Care Value, Coverage, and Consumer Engagement, Dr. Everette will be recognized this Friday, January 26, at an awards luncheon on the second day of Families USA’s 23rd Annual Health Action Conference. 

“Dr. Tekisha Everette has been a health equity leader for many years. As executive director of Health Equity Solutions, she’s led coalition efforts to get the Connecticut State Legislature to approve a bill to recognize the value of Community Health Workers in improving health outcomes, especially for communities of color and other underserved communities,” said Patrick Willard, senior director overseeing the Health Action conference at Families USA. “Her efforts in a difficult political environment, reflect our theme this year to honor those who stay strong for America’s families.”

Before taking the helm of HES, Dr. Everette served as the managing director of Federal Government Affairs with the American Diabetes Association, where she provided strategic leadership on policy and advocacy initiatives with the White House, several federal agencies, and Congress, which led to important victories for people with and at risk for diabetes. 

“I feel this is the work I was born to do. I appreciate the recognition; I am humbled and emboldened to keep fighting for justice and equity in health,” said Tekisha Everette, who is the inaugural executive director of HES, an organization founded in 2014 and funded by the Connecticut Health Foundation and individual donors.

HES is a non-profit in Harford, CT with the mission to promote policies, programs, and practices that result in equitable health care access, delivery, and outcomes for all people in Connecticut. Having earned her doctorate in Sociology from American University, Dr. Everette combines her understanding of power, privilege, and policy in society to guide and inform the health equity agenda for HES. 


Families USA, a leading national voice for health care consumers, is dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care and improved health for all.