“My passion for Health Equity comes from a combination of personal and professional experiences that have shaped my understanding of health and wellness. Understanding the deep historical implications of health, racism in health, and health equity has been transformative in my work. These experiences have been foundational in my PhD journey as well as in my career. I look forward to meeting, working, supporting, and helping develop current and future Health Equity Scholars and changing the face of public health leadership over time.”
In July 2021, Jai-Me Potter-Rutledge became the Director of the Health Equity Scholars program. She joined Brown in 2018 and worked for several years as the Manager of the Diversity and Inclusion Office at the School of Public Health. Prior to coming to Brown, Jai-Me worked in healthcare, first at the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry as the Manager of the Provider’s Clinical Support System-Buprenorphine and then as the Manager of Simulation Services for Care New England Health system. Jai-Me studied behavioral neuroscience at Simmons University and has a Master’s degree in healthcare administration and management from Salve Regina University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Salve Regina, where she is focusing on the role of racial trauma, how healthcare is accessed, health equity, and more broadly, racism in America. Jai-Me also holds a faculty appointment at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University. She was the 2020 and 2021 recipient of the prestigious Dean’s Excellence Teaching Award and was recognized as a positive champion of the learning environment of Alpert Medical School.
Jai-Me’s vision for the Health Equity Scholars Program reflects her academic and teaching experience and her own deep commitment to achieving equity in health care and health outcomes. She brings thoughtful leadership and a history of engaging and supporting students.