AAHC President and Chief Executive Officer
Corliss McKeever, MSW is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the African American Health Coalition, Inc. (AAHC) a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and improving wellness among African Americans in Portland, Oregon through health education, advocacy, and research. The AAHC serves as one of the primary advocates for improving the health of the African American population in Oregon and is the only community-based organization that focuses exclusively on black health.
Ms. McKeever is a life-long community activist who has lived and worked in the Portland community for 29 years. Ms. Mc Keever obtained a Bachelors of Science in Management & Communications from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She also holds a Masters in Social Work from Portland State University where she received the Honors Student Recognition Award in 1997 and 1998. In addition she serves as an Assistant Professor at OHSU’s Graduate School of Nursing program, and is Adjunct Professor at Portland State University.
Ms. McKeever served as the Principal Investigator (PI) for a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH 2010) program from 2000-2007; the PI of a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) project to expand addiction treatment to include culturally competent HIV services for African Americans entitled NATTT-Not Afraid to talk, test, or transform from 2002-2007, and the PI for a diabetes education, prevention grant funded by the Federal Office of Minority Health for two years.
Ms. McKeever is nationally recognized for her expertise in program design and implementation, and is sought after to present both locally and nationally on issues of health disparities, cardiovascular health, chronic disease management, community mobilization to improve health, the impact of racism on health and many other health inequality issues. As the Co-Chair of the National Institute of Health (NIH) Community Partners Integration (CPI) Workgroup for Clinical & Translational Science Awards (CTSA), Ms. Mc Keever is involved in evaluating how to partner with communities and communities based organizations and identifying funding mechanisms through NIH and other groups. The CPI workgroup facilitates a bi-directional dialog that is an essential component of all successful community engagement efforts.
Ms. McKeever regularly disseminates program outcomes at many renowned conferences, such as the American Public Health Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Conferences and she has authored her premiere article published in the scientific journal, Ethnicity and Disease; July 2004 edition, and CDC’s E Journal “Preventing Chronic Disease” 2006.
Some of her numerous awards and acknowledgements include: the Casey Family Fellowship, and numerous Community Recognition Awards. In 1996, Ms. McKeever was named one of the top three Community Treasure Award recipients by Portland General Electric. She received the 2002 Fellow of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislatures (NOBEL) Women sponsored by the Center for American Women and Politics Leadership Institute at Rutgers College, and, the 2003 Delta Sigma Theta’s Women of Excellence in Health Services Award. Ms. Mc Keever led the AAHC to secure the premiere “Crystal Award 2003 for Collaboration” from the Willamette Valley Development Officers, and the Spirit of Portland award for “Non-Profit of the Year in 2006”. Ms. McKeever is a certified Cross-Cultural Competency Trainer, as well as a Master Trainer for Self Management in Chronic Disease from Stanford University.
Her prominence in the field is exemplified by many current and past policy-making positions held within Oregon, including memberships on: the Governor’s Racial & Ethnic Health Task Force, the Commission on Black Affairs-Vice Chair, the State of Oregon Diabetes Coalition Steering Committee, Kaiser Center for Health Research Community Advisory Board, Lifeworks NW Mental Health Board of Directors, the State Mental Health Advisory Committee-advocate, the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Prevention, the Statewide HIV Planning Group, the Citizen’s Review Board, Housing our Families Board of Directors Vice-Chair, and the State of Oregon Women’s Health Conference Co-Chair. Today she is an active member of Legacy Health Systems Board of Directors, the food policy council, and is a Council Member for the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB).
In addition Ms. Mc Keever is a current Board member of Legacy Health Systems. Legacy is an Oregon based not-for-profit, tax-exempt corporation that includes six full-service hospitals and a children’s hospital, and is one of the largest private sector employers in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington metropolitan areas with over 9100 employees.