Brenda Battle, RN, BSN, MBA, is Vice President for Care Delivery Innovation and Chief Diversity Officer for Diversity and Inclusion. Her primary role at the University of Chicago Medicine is to lead UCM’s transformation to Population Health Management. In her role as Vice President for Care Delivery Innovation and Chief Diversity Officer for Diversity and Inclusion, she oversees the integration of culturally and linguistically competent practices in the provision and outcomes of care. She is the Administrative leader of the Urban Health Initiative, University of Chicago Medicine’s long-term commitment to improving access to care and community benefit on Chicago's South Side.
Before coming to the University of Chicago Medicine, Battle served as head of the Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. At Barnes-Jewish she oversaw the training of faculty and staff on cultural competency, health literacy, and culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Her focus on diversity led to the tripling of minority representation in the professional and managerial ranks and a 40 percent rise in the number of minority residents and fellows.
Battle earned a master of business administration from Maryville University of Saint Louis and is currently pursuing a doctorate in nursing and public policy at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Earlier in her career she held corporate positions at Medical Transportation Management Inc., SureCare Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Prudential Health Care Plan, and she worked as a registered nurse at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
In addition to her work at the University of Chicago Medicine, Battle serves on several prominent boards, including the Missouri Foundation for Health, one of the country's largest organizations dedicated to ensuring equal access to health care for the indigent and underserved. She also sits on the St. Louis boards of the American Heart Association and the National Conference for Community and Justice, and on the advisory boards of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Program to End Cancer Disparities at Washington University School of Medicine.