Chinwe Onyekere, MPH

Ms. Onyekere’s professional experience has provided her with the unique opportunity to develop a keen understanding of how to create and manage programs that have the potential for far-reaching impact on people's health, the quality of care they receive, and the systems that provide that care. During her tenure as a Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ms. Onyekere focused on reducing health care disparities, reversing the childhood obesity epidemic, and identifying innovative ideas for breakthroughs in health and health care. After RWJF, Ms. Onyekere served as the Executive Director for Health Leads New York, where she had the opportunity to establish a new model of health care delivery, in which patients' unmet resource needs are addressed as a standard element of patient care. 

Before joining HealthSpark Foundation, Ms. Onyekere was the System Director for Health Equity and Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official at Main Line Health, Ms. Onyekere was responsible for system-wide efforts focusing on community health and equity, overseeing graduate medical education, as well implementing innovative models for addressing social determinants of health, health care disparities, and quality of care. She is also the co-founder and President of Together for West Philadelphia, an organization incubated at Main Line Health, which aims to facilitate collaboration within West Philadelphia among community, public, and private sector stakeholders to foster shared projects in order to maximize impact in the areas of health, education, food access and opportunity. Throughout her career, Ms. Onyekere has been committed to transforming the way health care is delivered locally and nationally to improve the health outcomes of all underserved and low-income communities.

Ms. Onyekere received her Master of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, a Certificate in Business Essentials from Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania, and her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College. Ms. Onyekere was awarded the 2015 Forum Award for Emerging Women Leaders by The Forum of Executive Women and accepted into the 2019 Class of Leadership Main Line.

Ms. Onyekere has the honor of serving as a Trustee for her alma mater, Friends’ Central School.