KC Healthy Kids appoints new president

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KC Healthy Kids is pleased to announce the appointment of Danielle Robbins-Gregory as president, effective November 12, 2018. 

“It is an amazing opportunity for me to join KC Healthy Kids’ team, a group of talented professionals committed to advancing children’s health across our community,” said Danielle. “I am energized to expand advocacy and programs to increase opportunities for healthy eating and active living.”

Danielle is a healthcare executive and children’s advocate with nearly twenty years of experience developing health and wellness programs and speaking out on behalf of children and adults across the Kansas City metro area.

Previously Danielle served as vice president of quality development at ReDiscover, a community mental health agency with a staff of 600 healthcare professionals who serve 10,000 clients annually. In this role, she created and managed cross-system collaborations among community organizations and secured funds to sustain programming. The scope of her work at ReDiscover involved Kansas City area children’s services, health departments, service agencies, school districts, health clinics and support service agencies.

Earlier in her career, Danielle served as associate director at Resource Development Institute and as a case manager at Cornerstones of Care’s Gillis Campus. She held a clinical instructor appointment at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, for 12 years.

Danielle holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Black Hills State University. She resides in the Northland with her husband, Dr. Dick Gregory, and their 7-year old son, Chase.

Jerry W. Glazier, board chair, said, “What attracted the board of directors to Danielle, among other skills, are her demonstrated leadership and her ability to help organizations grow. Her addition to the organization will allow KC Healthy Kids to further build upon its impact on our community, continuing to realize the vision of our founders, Dr. and Mrs. Frederick and Louise Rice Hartwig.”

KC Healthy Kids rallies the people in our communities to improve access to affordable fresh food and safe places to walk and play. When our neighborhoods support healthy habits, we are less likely to suffer from obesity, which is linked to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and poor mental health. To make a lasting impact, we shape policies that improve our food system and physical surroundings, and, ultimately, the places where we live, work, learn and play.

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