On behalf of the Peer Health Exchange Chicago Board, it is with great excitement that I write to announce our new Executive Director, Brittany Merritt. Many of you will know Brittany as our former Chicago Director of Program and Partnerships. We are thrilled that she will be rejoining our team, given her years of experience here at Peer Health Exchange, in-depth understanding of the Chicago Public School system, and deep commitment to health equity for Chicago’s youth.
Brittany most recently served as the Chief Program Officer at Umoja Student Development Corporation, where she was responsible for the oversight, vision, and strategy of Umoja’s program portfolio across Umoja’s core areas of college and career readiness, restorative justice, social and emotional learning, and professional development.
Brittany remains deeply committed to youth empowerment and equity in Chicago and is excited to be returning to advocate for adolescent health and wellness as our Chicago Executive Director.
Spring 2019 brings ambitious goals for Peer Health Exchange Chicago, and we could not be better positioned to achieve them. This month, workshops will commence at all of our partner high schools, and we will fully scale our relationship-centered model, in which volunteers will form stronger relationships with students by returning to the same classroom each week. We are poised to build deeper relationships with the health and education systems and our curriculum is doubling down on our commitment to “access,” in addition to providing knowledge and skills. This year alone, we will engage 795 ninth grade students in tours of their local health centers.
Brittany will be stepping into the Executive Director role effective February 19th. Thank you for joining me in issuing her a warm PHE welcome! If you would like to reach out to her directly, Brittany can be contacted here.
Your partner in building a healthier Chicago,
Senior Vice President, Edelman
Chair, Peer Health Exchange Chicago Board of Directors