Dianne (Dannie) Ritchie, MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine & Director, Transcultural Community Health Initiative
Brown University Center for Primary Care and Prevention

Dannie Ritchie earned her MPH and then directed her research focus on the role of public policy and social conditions in promoting health disparities. She provides education and training to Brown University faculty and students as well as to diverse communities in Rhode Island to establish culturally-appropriate, community-driven health promotion. As Director of the Transcultural Community Health Initiative, she provides leadership to interdisciplinary institutions and community groups to address health disparities and promote health equity. These efforts have been instrumental in promoting recognition of the community health worker (CHW) workforce and developing an entry-level course in CHW core skills.

Dr. Ritchie served as a consultant to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s series of CHW policy papers, Making Connection, in Rhode Island. She collaborated with the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training to produce the nation’s first statewide survey on the CHW workforce. She provided leadership in conducting a feasibility study that resulted in the establishment of the CHW Association of Rhode Island. Her efforts with national leaders on the CHW Section of the American Public Health Association led the U.S. Department of Labor to classify CHWs as a professional occupation in July 2010. She also provided leadership on a successful effort in which Rhode Island passed a state law in 2011 that resulted in the establishment of the Commission on Health Advocacy and Equity.