Brandon G. Wilson, DrPH, MHA is the Senior Director of Community Catalyst’s Center for Community Engagement in Health Innovation.
The Center conducts community-based research to better understand how inequities in the US health system drive poor health outcomes for historically-excluded communities, and drives practice and policy strategies based on its findings. Dr. Wilson is also a member of the organization’s senior management team.
Previously, Dr. Wilson served as a senior public health advisor with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Office of Minority Health (OMH). Dr. Wilson led OMH’s efforts on sexual orientation and gender inclusion data collection, policy efforts in post-acute care settings, and social determinants of health. Dr. Wilson also led two models at CMS (the Accountable Health Communities Model and the Health Care Innovation Awards) and spearheaded its health equity working group, which laid the foundation the Centers’ embedding of health equity into its strategic plan.
At the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Wilson led recruitment and retention efforts for increasing minority screening and enrollment in preventative and therapeutic vaccine clinical trials and participation in National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)’s community advisory board. Dr. Wilson also directed projects regarding the culture of patient safety quality improvement for the NIH’s Clinical Center Office of the Director.
Dr. Wilson has received numerous awards for exceptional public service, including recognition from NIH’s Director Dr. Francis Collins, NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, CMS Administrator Chaquita Brooks-LaSure, CMS Administrator Seema Verma, and CMS Administrator Patrick Conway.
Dr. Wilson received a master’s degree in health systems management at George Mason University, and a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) at Morgan State University. He holds faculty appointments at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and Purdue University’s School of Health Sciences. His research interests include: using patient-centered and indigenous models of care; health economics outcomes research; policy analysis; and community-based participatory and action research to eliminate health disparities and advance health equity in underserved and disinvested communities.