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Getting to Know Us: Michelle Ray, FVH Board Member

1. Tell us about your role at your organization? Your role at FVH?

As Program Manager for Florida Covering Kids & Families, in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida (USF), I provide management support to the CMS Connecting Kids to Coverage and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Navigator programs. I am also a Florida Navigator and play an integral role in providing enrollment, outreach, and education services for families statewide who are interested in applying for insurance coverage. As a FVH board member, I contribute to ensuring the organization advances in its mission and maintains a sustainable future.

2. How do you feel your own personal values align with the mission, vision, and values of FVH?

I believe in the expansion of quality healthcare access and utilization, to improve health outcomes for all Floridians.

3. In your opinion, what do you think is the biggest challenge in healthcare today?

Affordability is an immense challenge in our current, complex health care environment. Families should be able to afford both access to and utilization of the care they need and deserve.

4. Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you?

My parents have both played impactful roles in my life. My father modeled for me what it means to have a penchant for learning, a high aim, and a strong work ethic. And my mother showed me how to lead with grace, compassion, and gratitude.

5. What do you enjoy in your favorite breakfast that you make at home?

My tried and true is avocado toast (anytime of the day)!

6. What is one piece of advice for someone wanting to pursue a career in Public Health / non-profit sector?

Do it! A career in the non-profit sector, and specifically Public Health, is such a wonderful opportunity to make an meaningful impact and improve health outcomes on a community level. With the many current and emerging complex health issues facing our society, champions are needed to develop initiatives advocating for community wellness and greater humankind!


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