Renée Branch Canady is CEO of Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI), appointed in 2014 by the institute’s board of directors. She is working to set MPHI’s strategic direction amid unprecedented changes spurred by national health reform, as well as transformations in Michigan’s public health system. She is continuing to build a world-class infrastructure to support MPHI’s innovative program areas and projects.rnrnCanady is a nationally recognized thought leader in health disparities and inequities, cultural competence, and social justice. She came to MPHI from the Ingham County Health Department, the state’s first public entity local health department and Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), where she served as the appointed health officer. She is also an assistant professor at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine’s Program for Public Health.rnrnCanady earned her doctorate in medical sociology from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in public health nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.