LaShawn Worsley-McIver, M.D., M.P.H., is the senior vice president of government affairs and advocacy at the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Dr. Worsley-McIver promotes access to care and advocates for policy initiatives, focusing on the prevention and treatment of diabetes and other chronic diseases. Through partnerships with the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and other nonprofit, health-centered organizations, she works to establish standards of care and reduce health inequities among cultural groups in the United States. Dr. Worsley-McIver also collaborates with the Office of Minority Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which seeks to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. Her previous roles with the ADA include vice president of public policy.
Dr. Worsley-McIver completed her capstone global health clerkship in Kenya and graduated from MSIH in 2004. She went on to earn a master’s degree in public health at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Her community-based coursework in Baltimore inspired her to advocate for health equity among diverse patient populations, and she later completed a policy fellowship focusing on the impact of HIV and AIDS on African-Americans at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Center for Policy Analysis and Research.