Carla Gibson
Senior Program Officer
REACH Healthcare Foundation

Carla Gibson is a Senior Program Officer at the REACH Healthcare Foundation. This regional organization awards grants to address barriers that limit access to health coverage and health care. She is responsible for the development of programs and initiatives as well as for the administration of grants. Her grants portfolio covers oral health, mental health, and safety net healthcare services.

Ms. Gibson has led REACH’s investments in health information technology, tele-health, and systems-level collaborations that focus on the expansion of primary care and mental health services across a nine-county metropolitan region. She has guided REACH’s health equity investments in health disparities research, community engagement, and an initiative that focused on improving the cultural competence of health and human service organizations.

In 2016, Ms. Gibson received the “Soul of the City” Award from Communities Creating Opportunity. In 2014, she was named as a “Health Hero” by the Black Health Care Coalition of Greater Kansas City for her outstanding efforts in addressing access to care, advocacy, and health promotion in the African American community. She currently is co-chairing the host team for the 2017 National White Privilege Conference that will be held in Kansas City. She was appointed to the Heartland Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC VII) in 2013 and served as the chair for two years. Her current roles on RHEC VII include Chair Emeritus and Co-Chair of the Health Equity Lens Committee.

Ms. Gibson chaired the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce “Healthy KC Initiative” Behavioral Health Action Team and currently chairs Resilient KC’s Health Team. She served on the inaugural Greater Kansas City United Way Governance Academy and serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the City of Lee’s Summit Arts Council.

Ms. Gibson relocated to the Kansas City area from Omaha where she worked at the Charles Drew Health Center. Charles Drew is a Federally Qualified Health Center that primarily serves African American health consumers. She currently resides in Lee’s Summit, MO.