SARAH VERBIEST

Looking Forward , Sarah Verbiest, founder of Every Woman Southeast, reflects on the new year and what it holds.

Another one of month’s featured leaders from Tennessee is Kimberlee Wyche-Etheridge, MD, MPH, Director, Bureau of Family, Youth and Infant Health at the Metro Nashville Davidson County Public Health Department. She  recently answered her a few questions about her work and why she is involved with Every Woman Southeast.

How long have you been in your current position?

Ten years

What is your favorite thing/task/part of your work?

My favorite part of the job is looking for new and innovative ways to address and solve old problems, as well as the honor I have to work with the community and colleagues on the National MCH stage.

What is your biggest challenge?

Using a quote I heard earlier this month, my biggest challenge is, “Those who represent the corporate immune system whose job it is to kill anything different or new.”

Why are you involved in/interested in Every Woman Southeast?

I believe that change and improvement cannot happen in a silo. We must work together, share resources as well as successes and failures in order to create a movement of improved health for women and families across the South.

If you had a million dollars what would you do with it? 

I would set up a scholarship system so that every baby born in high risk areas was set up with a college savings account so that as they grew, they would understand that the community cared enough about him/her, and believed in him/her so much that this account was started, and in return the expectation is for high school graduation, college and greatness on behalf of the communities that need their help.

To find out more about what is happening in Tennessee, visit everywomansoutheast.org/partners/tennessee.

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