Reducing Racial Disparities
Addressing Extreme Prematurity
Eliminating Sleep-Related Deaths
We are pleased to announce that Katrice Cain has been named First Year Cleveland’s Interim Executive Director. Since December 2018, Katrice has served as the Racial Disparities and Health Equity Program Director, and led our efforts to promote equitable community, institutional, system, and policy solutions to improve birth outcomes in Cuyahoga County. She works closely with our Action Teams and community partners to design and implement equity-centered research, programs, and initiatives and has been instrumental in expanding our strategic partnerships to better serve expectant and new parents and families who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss. Prior to First Year Cleveland, Katrice worked at The Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities, where she coordinated National Institutes of Health-funded community-based research and programs and led their community engagement initiatives.
Her knowledge and experience span behavioral health, chronic disease management, maternal and infant health, disease prevention, and health promotion. She serves on several local, state, and national committees, gives numerous presentations, facilitates bias training, and has published peer review articles in her areas of expertise. Currently, Katrice is pursuing a Doctor of Public Health degree, with a concentration in Health Equity and Social Justice, at Johns Hopkins University. She has demonstrated a passion for serving her community and an unwavering dedication to improving factors that influence poor health outcomes. Her leadership and experience will help guide FYC’s mission to ensure every baby has an opportunity to survive and thrive.
Katrice looks forward to serving in this critical role, and offers her thoughts: “I am deeply honored to be selected to serve as FYC’s Interim Executive Director, and I thank Bernie Kerrigan for her leadership and contributions in advancing FYC's mission for the past five years. Although this role is temporary, I have a longstanding commitment to serving the best interests of our community residents, identifying effective strategies for change, and achieving equity. I hope this transition will be a period of reimagining and exploring new opportunities for FYC. With excitement and gratitude, I look forward to continuing our work to improve maternal and infant health outcomes, especially for Black families in Cuyahoga County.”
We are excited that Katrice has agreed to serve in this capacity as we begin our search for a permanent executive director and are confident she will provide strong leadership during this time of transition following the June 4th departure of Bernie Kerrigan as she assumes the role of President and CEO at Achievement Centers for Children. Over the next few weeks, Katrice will be working closely with Bernie, and FYC staff and leadership to ensure a smooth transition. Serving as the inaugural executive director, we extend our gratitude and appreciation to Bernie for her tireless efforts, dedication, and contributions that helped establish FYC in our community and lay the foundation for its work in the future.
Now more than ever, First Year Cleveland and its community partners are committed to building upon the collective efforts and progress made over the last five years to achieve equity throughout Cuyahoga County.
Please join us in congratulating Katrice. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-368-5017.
Thank you for your ongoing support!
Akram Boutros, MD
Co-Chair, FYC Executive Committee
President and Chief Executive Officer, MetroHealth System
Patti DePompei, RN, MSN
Co-Chair, FYC Executive Committee
President, UH MacDonald Women’s and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospitals
Michael Konstan, MD
FYC Executive Committee
Case Western Reserve University, FYC Parent Organization
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