Program and Development Associate
Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut
“Leadership is recognizing the possibilities for solution and working collaboratively to achieve the best outcome that serves the greatest number of people.”
In 2009, Meshie Knight’s sister was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Failure, and to help save her life she donated a kidney. “My family had health insurance that afforded us the care we needed, but there were many others – some with health insurance and others without – who didn’t have the same experiences and therefore different outcomes,” she says. Knight’s experiences have made her ready to take action toward health equity for all. The current health care environment is ripe with opportunities for change.
Over the last three years, Knight grew to love running and organized a growing community of runners called Black Girls Run Hartford in an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners. She aims to encourage African-American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority. “It’s what I call my passion on purpose,” she says.