Dr. Tionna Jenkins has over 15 years of public health policy practitioner experience and currently serves as the Senior Advisor of Health Equity with Clinton Foundation Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) at the Clinton Foundation under the leadership of the 42nd President of the United States, President Clinton. In this role, she oversees the development, review, implementation and research on improving the equity portfolio, cultural and linguistic competencies and is the primary liaison for both regional and national external partnerships that work to build effective strategies that address disparities and equity. For five years, she has been responsible for leading the collaborative efforts with key industry, corporate, governmental, and non-governmental stakeholders to develop and implement a blueprint for action focused on solutions addressing systems change in Arkansas, which has resulted in $41.3 million prevention investments at the state level. Additionally, Dr. Jenkins has supported the launch of community health transformation initiatives in six U.S. regions aimed at closing health disparity gaps, the digital divide, and improving health outcomes through cross-sectorial systems change.
A strong advocate for both personal health and systemic change, Dr. Jenkins recently launched a healthy eating & wellness blog called Plate It Healthy. Primarily focused on the promotion of plant-based foods, supporting local farmers, and investing in the local economy. Dr. Jenkins earned a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Arkansas, an MPH from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and a B.S. from Philander Smith College. She also holds a non-profit graduate certification from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is currently enrolled in Cornell University completing a graduate certification in plant-based nutrition.