The International Society of Female Professionals Recognizes Brenda Leath, MHSA, PMP


Brenda A. Leath is the President & CEO of Leath & Associates, Inc. Ms. Leath is a seasoned health professional with more than 25 years of experience in the health services industry. A mission of advocacy undergirds her career portfolio as evidenced in her endeavors across a range of venues. Recognized as a thought leader, author of peer-reviewed professional journals, book chapters, and technical reports, advocate, and health strategist, Ms. Leath is astute at navigating the health policy landscape. Driven by a keen interest in population health, health policy, health equity, health ethics, and healthcare technologies, Ms. Leath has maintained a focus on addressing the needs of diverse populations challenged by socioeconomic disparities. Working with vast constituencies to strengthen communities and help build public health service system capacities is one of her priorities. Of particular note is her ability to engage a diverse array of stakeholders, including consumers, and bring cultural sensitivity to the scientific rigors of the research process. She has worked substantially on issues that impact racial and ethnic minorities, underserved children and families, as well as people with special needs. Her career history includes experience in hospital and ambulatory care administration, nonprofit management, advocacy, public policy, and technology based-education.

At the national level, Ms. Leath’s public and private sector experience includes currently serving as the Certification Director of the National Pathways Community HUB Certification Program at the Pathways Community HUB Institute (PCHI). Ms. Leath is the Founder and President Emeritus of the National Consortium for African American Children. Additional tenures included Senior Study Director and Director of the Center on Health Disparities & Health Equity Research at Westat, Associate Director of Special Population Initiatives at the congressionally established, National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality, her appointment to the U.S. President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, her selection as Chair of the Family Services and Supports Subcommittee, her leadership as Chair of the National Task Force on Pediatric Obesity and Chronic Disease, and appointment as a Section Editor of the first Online Journal of Public Health Informatics-University of Illinois (Chicago). Ms. Leath is a member of various professional associations and societies among which include: The American Public Health Association (Governing Councilor; Charter Advisory Board Member and Policy Committee Chair of the Health Informatics Information Technology Section); National Quality Forum (Patient Experience and Function Standing Committee Member); Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity (Member); and Meeting Professionals International (Member).

Ms. Leath’s leadership of Leath & Associates Inc, a newly established minority woman-owned small business consultancy, embodies her vision for innovation in health and human services and work in support of achieving health equity. Based in Washington, DC, the company’s clientele reflects a broad array of public, private, federal and municipal clientele. Industry sectors include health care, human services, technology, government, private industry and higher education. At the corporate level, Ms. Leath oversees all business development, design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of programs, products and services. She assures that the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are aligned with industry standards, consumer market needs, stakeholder interests and consistent in format and presentation with strong, positive multi-media images to relevant stakeholders. Leath & Associates’ capabilities include multidisciplinary content expertise, technical assistance, meeting planning and logistics, and products and tools development. Subject matter expertise draws upon a diverse network of seasoned multidisciplinary clinical and nonclinical professionals and consultants. Select areas of organizational focus include quality improvement, primary care, preventive health, chronic disease management, cultural competency training, health disparities & health equity research, care coordination, behavioral health, evaluation/performance measurement, health policy and bioethics.

Ms. Leath is a Doctorate of Professional Studies student in the Albany Medical College, Alden March Bioethics Institute and a graduate of the George Washington (Masters, Health Services Administration-M.H.S.A.) and Georgetown (B.S., Psychology) Universities. She has maintained certification from the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional since 2006. Her vision for the future is to do consulting in Bioethics. She looks forward to networking and collaborating with her peers. International Society of Female Professionals Member, Brenda A. Leath, MHSA, PMP, can be found on the Association Directory, where she is looking forward to networking with you.

International Society of Female Professionals Member, Brenda Leath, MHSA, PMP, can be found on the Association Directory, where she is looking forward to networking with you.