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Dr. Derige is the Director of Health Equity Strategy & Development at the American Medical Association’s Center for Health Equity.  In this role she provides strategic direction and development for the Center for Health Equity through partnership and programming. The role of the Center for Health Equity is to embed health equity across the AMA so that health equity becomes part of the practice, process, action, innovation, and organizational performance and outcomes. Over the past twenty years, Diana has designed and managed several private philanthropic, government, and non-profit programs.  She has supported local and national investments by serving as a convener, collaborator and catalyst, responsible for nurturing opportunities for affecting positive systemic change in communities. Throughout her career, she has concentrated on promoting public health and social equity for marginalized communities.  Dr. Derige is currently adjunct faculty and the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, and  has held positions as co-director of the Center for Latina Maternal and Family Health Research at the University of Houston, program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust and National Director of MCH Initiatives at Urban Strategies. Dr. Derige holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and women’s studies and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan and a Doctor of Public Health from the University of North Carolina. She also holds a certificate in executive education from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and completed a leadership development program through the Center for Creative Leadership-Europe in Brussels, Belgium.