Who We Are

Chris Allen, FACHE – President & CEO Authority Health

Chris Allen is a progressive health care executive whose career spans more than 35 years. He has administered several health care organizations, including serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hutzel Hospital and Corporate Vice President for Management Services at the Detroit Medical Center. While with Hutzel Hospital, Allen oversaw the creation of the award-winning Family Road Care Centers, which became a national model for wrap-around, dynamic environment for supportive maternal health care. In 2005, Allen became the first Executive Director and CEO of Authority Health, formerly known as the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority. This public agency, governed by the City of Detroit, Wayne County, and State of Michigan, is responsible for overseeing the regional health care safety net, including health enrollment and navigation, capacity expansion, workforce development, population health council, and the Detroit Regional Health Collaborative. A fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives, Mr. Allen has held positions on numerous local, regional, and national boards such as the Greater Detroit Health Council, Catholic Health Association, National Arthritis Foundation, Christus Health, Bon Secours Health System, Inc., among others. He served as Senior Vice Chair of the American Red Cross and is a past Chair of CMMB’s Board of Directors.

Dr. William Dietz – Co-Chair, MOTION Coalition

William H. Dietz is the director of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.

Previously, Dr. Dietz served as the director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. In that role, he was on the front lines of the fight against obesity—a health condition that affects one out of three adults in the United States.

In addition to his role as a public health leader at the CDC, Dr. Dietz has a portfolio that includes more than 200 published research papers in scientific journals including the “New England Journal of Medicine,” “Pediatrics,” the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” and others. His work in the field of childhood obesity includes the first study to demonstrate a relationship between television viewing habits and obesity in young children.

He is a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine and has served on many professional advisory boards, including the expert panel that published the Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity, a landmark 1998 report that reclassified many “normal weight” Americans as “overweight.” In addition, he is the editor of five books, including “Clinical Obesity in Adults and Children and Nutrition: What Every Parent Needs to Know.”

Prior to his appointment at the CDC, Dr. Dietz served as a professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine and director of clinical nutrition at the Floating Hospital of New England Medical Center Hospitals. His awards include the John Stalker Award from the American School Food Service Association for his efforts to improve school lunches and the George Bray Founders Award from the North American Association for the Study of Obesity. And in 2012, he received a Special Recognition Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics Provisional Section on Obesity.

Diane Valade – Co-Chair, MOTION Coalition

Ms. Valade is a healthcare executive who currently holds a split position covering Health Policy and Legislative Analysis at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Previously, she held the position of Director of Social Mission at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. There she developed and implemented a statewide, multi-stakeholder, school-based physical activity and nutrition program that continues to this day.

As an executive with over 35 years of experience in the health care industry, she brings a wealth of expertise to MOTION. Under her leadership, MOTION Coalition recently received its first financial award, a grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, to expand its membership base to Southwest Detroit and impact areas where communities suffer adversely from factors that contribute toward obesity. Also an advocate for Population Health, and a visionary who sees how the influence of social factors impact the health of a community including our children, Ms. Valade sits on the Population Health Council as the representative for MOTION Coalition.

Barbara Blum-Alexander, MPH, MSW

Barbara Blum-Alexander is a director within the Office of Community Health, Equity and Wellness at Henry Ford Health System. She has been leading the Generation With Promise (GWP) program since September 2007, through the Michigan Department of Community Health, Office of the Surgeon General (2007-2011), and at Henry Ford Health System (2011-present). She has a Master of Public Health and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has nearly 20 years of professional experience in the field of public health/social work, primarily in Detroit and surrounding communities. Her special areas of interest include working with diverse, multicultural community partners and youth around social determinants of health, with the ultimate goal of eliminating health disparities. Her work on GWP has allowed her to focus more recently on food system/food access and the built environment, including environmental sustainability and its connection to health.

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS – Chair, Emeritus, MOTION Coalition

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS is the Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity and Chief Wellness and Diversity Officer at Henry Ford Health System. She is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician, the Chair of the Gail and Lois Warden Endowment on Multicultural Health, and Michigan’s, and the nation’s, first State-level Surgeon General. In 2012 she was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. Since 1987 she has been on the faculty of University of Michigan (UM) Medical School’s Department of Medical Education and adjunct professor in the UM School of Public Health.
Dr. Wisdom focuses on health disparities/health care equity, infant mortality/maternal and child health, chronic disease, unintended pregnancy, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating habits, and tobacco use. She has worked collaboratively with school districts, faith-based organizations and the business community.
Dr. Wisdom founded the award-winning African American Initiative for Male Health Improvement (AIM –HI) and most recently, the Women Inspired Neighborhood (WIN) Network which aims to improve access to healthcare and reduce infant mortality in neighborhoods in Detroit. Since 2008, she has chaired the Detroit Infant Mortality Reduction Task Force. In 2007, she founded a youth leadership development effort – Generation With Promise (GWP) – designed to equip youth to drive policy, environmental and behavioral change in their school and community. GWP youth were featured on the cover of Modern Healthcare in June 2014.

Dennis Archambault, APR, MOTION Coalition


Dennis Archambault, APR, is vice president of Public Affairs for Detroit Wayne County Health Authority (d.b.a. Authority Health). A public relations professional for over 30 years, Archambault is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and received the IABC (International Association of Business Communications) Gold Quill and Silver Quill awards, among other honors. Archambault has also served as president of the Michigan Hospital Public Relations Association and has received the City of Detroit Fire Department Community Relations Award.

Archambault has an undergraduate degree in English from John Carroll University, Cleveland, and a master’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Michigan State University. Previous to joining the Health Authority, he was director of Marketing Communications for Midwest Eye-Banks, director of Community Relations for the Detroit Medical Center, director of Marketing and Public Relations at Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center, and manager of Marketing Communications at St. Joseph Hospital – Flint (Genesys Health System).

He has served on several boards and community organizations, including two terms as president of the Rotary Club of Detroit A.M., treasurer of the Brush Park Development Corporation, the Board of Directors for Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, and the Michigan Universal Health Care Network (MichUHCAN).

He has also completed the Civic Leadership Institute, sponsored by the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Archambault lives in Detroit.

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