Dr. Corey Wiggins is the Director of the Hope Policy Institute, the policy division of HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation and Hope Credit Union). He manages the strategic direction, sustainability, research training and advocacy agenda for the Institute. Dr. Wiggins’s diverse professional career has included working in government, nonprofit, and private sectors as well as academia. Some of his state and federal governmental experiences include serving as a Barbara Jordan Health Policy Fellow in the United States Senate and serving as a policy analyst for the Mississippi Legislature Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) Committee. Dr. Wiggins’s nonprofit and academic experience includes providing technical assistance to community-focused healthcare organizations and serving as manager for a national stroke study aimed at understanding racial and geographical differences in stroke. He has also worked in the private sector with healthcare organizations and nonprofits on a variety of issues such as access to care, strategic management and health policy. Dr. Wiggins previously held the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at Jackson State University.
Dr. Wiggins completed his undergraduate studies at Alcorn State University with a B.S. in Biology. He also holds a M.S. in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Policy and a Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Health Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He currently serves as a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellow and as the state health chair for the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP.