Dr. Melissa E. Clarke is a pioneering clinical leader in population health and health equity who has worked throughout the healthcare system to effect transformation. Board certified in medical quality, Dr. Clarke is as a Clinical Transformation Physician at 3M Health Information Systems, consulting to healthcare organizations on improving population health, clinical quality and patient-centered care. Dr Clarke previously served as VP for Population Health at an Integrated Physician Network where she pioneered a telehealth care coordination model for medically underserved patients. In addition, she was a Senior Medical Director at Aetna’s Active Health Management, a population health management company, and former Board Chair of Unity Healthcare, the largest Federally Qualified Healthcare Clinic in the DC. An emergency medicine physician, Dr Clarke’s career started at Howard University, where she was faculty in Emergency Medicine and Assistant Dean for Medical Education.
Dr Clarke authored the popular patient advocacy book “Excuse Me Doctor, I’ve Got What?” She has adapted this book into a curriculum, the Be Health Empowered Series, for low-health literacy audiences that has been proven to improve patient engagement. During the COVID 19 pandemic, she has extensively published and spoken in national forums, using this health empowerment framework, to address health inequities. She has worked to establish a community-based response to the pandemic with the faith institutions through the Leadership Council for Health Communities and is a co-founder of the Black Coalition Against COVID 19. In addition she has a weekly streaming health show, and is a medical contributor on both CNN and the nationally syndicated Russ Parr Morning Show on Radio One.