CNM Trainers

Elisa Stevenson, Director of Planning and Community Engagement, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance

Elisa Friedman-Stevenson is currently the Director ofPlanning and Community Engagement at the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance.  In this capacity she provides leadership tocommunity engagement programs, developing collaborative initiatives between theAlliance and community stakeholders.   She also leads community health needsassessment and community health improvement planning for Vanderbilt UniversityMedical Center, efforts related to requirements for non-profit hospitals risingfrom the Affordable Care Act. 

Prior to her arrival in Nashville, Elisa worked in theBoston area for fourteen years where she held positions at two partnerinstitutions, the Institute for Community Health (ICH) and the Cambridge HealthAlliance (CHA).    As the Director of Evaluation at ICH, Elisaoversaw teams working on federal, state and privately funded participatoryevaluation projects.  Her community-basedevaluations focused on a number of areas including men’s health, substance abuse,teen pregnancy and healthy weight promotion.Her health systems-based evaluations focused on primary care/behavioralhealth integration, patient-centered medical homes and primary caretransformation, among other areas.  Althoughthe content areas have varied, the common theme in all of Elisa’s work is a commitmentto stakeholder participation in all phases of the evaluation process. 

At CHA,a safety net hospital and health center network, Elisa worked on qualityimprovement initiatives around the provision of language services to LimitedEnglish Proficiency populations and integration of the Office of MinorityHealth’s Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards into the delivery system, with a particular focus on using race, ethnicity andlanguage data to address health disparities.  

Prior to her work in Boston, Elisa worked in globalhealth, primarily on HIV/AIDS prevention initiatives.  Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, Elisa has workedin Mozambique, Angola, Brazil, El Salvador and Honduras.  She received a B.A. from Vassar College and aM.S. in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of PublicHealth.