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Lee Health is Focusing on Health Equity

From the Desk of Dr. Antonucci

Jan. 11, 2023

New Chief Officer Will Help Propel Work Further

There’s a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. that says, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” I am proud that our community’s health system, Lee Health, is staffed with people who work hard every day and night to answer that question with their actions and commitment to caring for others. I am proud, too, that our health system solidified our commitment to providing the right care for everyone and ensuring health equity by hiring our first-ever chief equity and inclusion officer (CEIO), Selynto Anderson, Ph.D.

Health equity means that every person has a fair opportunity to reach his or her highest level of health. Reaching this state requires us to understand and address the social determinants of health (like education, food insecurity, housing, employment and more), as well as the barriers to health care that may exist. Lee Health has a long history of working to improve the health of every person in our community, and having Selynto on our team helps us better organize our efforts throughout our health system and Southwest Florida.

Selynto brings more than 15 years of leadership in community health, health equity, diversity and inclusion to his role here at Lee Health. He knows there is never a one-size-fits-all approach to health care and the path to health equity requires conversations and relationship building. Beyond his career experience, Selynto brings compassion, a love of people and an understanding of the importance of meeting everyone where they are on their health journey. It is his desire to connect with people that I think will help propel us even further in our journey to equity, inclusion and improved health outcomes.

I look forward to sharing more of the work that Selynto is leading, as well as the myriad examples of what Lee Health is doing for others every day and night.