ST. LOUIS, February 6, 2020 — Cheryl D. S. Walker, Chair of the Saint Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC), announced today that Angela Fleming Brown has been selected to lead the organization as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Brown was selected following an extensive, nationwide search.

Formed in 2001, the RHC is a collaborative effort of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, the state of Missouri, health providers, and community members to improve the health of uninsured and underinsured citizens in St. Louis City and County. In partnership with the Missouri Department of Social Services, the RHC coordinates, monitors and reports on the “Gateway to Better Health” Pilot Program population from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Through a network of community providers, the RHC aims to fulfill their mission by providing primary, specialty and urgent care coverage to uninsured adults, ages 19-64, living in poverty in St. Louis City and County.

“Angela is the perfect choice to lead the Regional Health Commission in further developing its vision, pursuing its mission and guiding its long-term growth and sustainability in our ever-evolving healthcare marketplace,” said Walker. “The entirety of our region will benefit from her deep thinking, wealth of experience and persuasive leadership style that will be centered on ensuring that Saint Louisans have meaningful access to healthcare.”

With nearly 15 years of public health experience, Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Stillman College and master’s degree in public health from Saint Louis University. Brown joined the RHC in 2007 and most recently served as the Acting Chief Executive Officer. Prior to stepping into the acting role, she served as the RHC’s Chief of Staff where she coordinated employee activities, ensured program alignment with local organizations and initiatives, and led efforts to disseminate information to regional healthcare providers regarding trauma-informed care.

Commissioner Jeff Johnston who participated on the search committee added, “After a very thorough national search we are pleased that Angela will be guiding the RHC. She has a lot of passion for the organization and the St. Louis region and we look forward to her contributions as the next CEO.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue the important work I have been shepherding over the last 13 years at the St. Louis Regional Health Commission,” said Brown. “As we look toward the future, I am excited to be entrusted with this visionary leadership role to create an integrated, racially just healthcare system by facilitating stronger partnerships and positioning on key advocacy issues to meet the needs of all St. Louis residents in a changing healthcare environment.”

Following a defined selection process, Furst Group, a healthcare executive search and consulting firm, was selected by the search committee of the RHC Board to lead the national CEO search. According to Commissioner Walker, “Furst Group’s industry experience and talented team, led by Jess Homann, were vital to our ability to successfully conclude this search.”

For more information, please contact Rikki Takeyama Menn at (314) 446-6478.

About the St. Louis Regional Health Commission

The St. Louis Regional Health Commission is a non-profit organization with a mission to increase access to health care for people who are medically uninsured and underinsured; reduce health disparities among populations in the St. Louis City and County region; and improve health outcomes among populations in the St. Louis City and County region, especially among those most at risk. The Commission comprises an appointed body of government, health care and community leadership, and serves as a key regional health planning body for the St. Louis region.