Carladenise Edwards
MICHauto > Carladenise Edwards

Carladenise Edwards

Carladenise Edwards, Henry Ford Health System’s executive vice president and chief strategy officer, provides executive counsel and leadership for the system’s strategic planning efforts and partnership ventures, business development and transformation initiatives, government affairs, as well as Henry Ford Innovations, the health system’s multi-disciplinary team responsible for product design and commercialization, technology transfer, licensing agreements, and international programs.

Prior to Henry Ford, she was executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Providence St. Joseph Health. Before that, she served as chief administrative officer for Providence Health & Services’ Population Health division and was instrumental in the 2016 merger with St. Joseph Health.

Edwards also served as founding president and chief executive officer of a nonprofit corporation, which governed California’s electronic Health Information Exchange, held technology-based leadership roles in Georgia’s Department of Community Health, and advised health care, technology, and nonprofit clients as principal advisor and chief executive officer with a Florida-based consulting firm.

She has a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in Education and Psychological Services, and bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Edwards also studied neuroscience at the University of Leuven in Belgium and gerontology at the University of California Los Angeles.