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Lessons Learned About Advancing Community Health with David Minifie, Centene's Chief Experience Officer and Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director, The Lewis Institute and Babson Social Innovation Lab

Community health is one of the core components of community sustainability, but in many ways it is an issue that tends to fly under the radar screen, both in terms of health care public policy debates and community development discussions. Understanding community health should be a key priority for any corporate citizenship leader and community development leader and students seeking to pursue careers in these fields. Dave Minifie, Chief Experience Officer at Centene, the largest Medicaid managed care organization in the United States, will walk through some of the key issues that the fast-growing managed care company has experienced, share lessons learned, and discuss future strategies for consideration.

For additional background about the importance of corporate involvement in community health, see Babson College and IO Sustainability’s Project ROI report on this subject.

With Special Guest: Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director, The Lewis Institute and Babson Social Innovation Lab


 About: C. DAVID MINIFIE, Chief Experience Officer & EVP, Corporate Strategy

C. David Minifie joined Centene, a Fortune 100, multi-national health care enterprise, in April, 2012, as the company’s first Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer. He currently serves as Chief Experience Officer & Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy.  He brings a high degree of discipline to his areas of responsibility to ensure that Centene lives its purpose “To transform the health of the community, one person at a time.” 

 About: CHERYL KISER, Executive Director, The Lewis Institute & Babson Social Innovation Lab

As the Executive Director of The Lewis Institute for Social Innovation and The Babson Social Innovation Lab, Cheryl is responsible for Babson’s work in integrating social innovation and social entrepreneurship into its curriculum and co-curricular activities. Employing Entrepreneurial Thought & Action as Babson’s key methodology for spurring social innovation in all sectors, Cheryl is developing Babson as the “go to place“ for global social entrepreneurship resources, activities, relationships, networks, knowledge and convenings.

Cheryl’s passion for promoting healthy living started when she was born. Her grandmother was a vegan and her mother was a pioneer in the natural food industry, founding The Golden Sheaf Natural Foods in 1969. Cheryl is also active in her brother’s two food entrepreneurial ventures, Garden Grille, a vegetarian restaurant, and Wildflour, a gluten-free, vegan bakery in Providence, Rhode Island. Cheryl is also the co-creator of Food Sol an “action tank” at Babson’s Social Innovation Lab dedicated to using entrepreneurship to redesign the food system.