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Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement Appoints First Executive Director

ATLANTA–The Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement (ARCHI) has received a four-year, $1 million grant from Kaiser Permanente of Georgia for operations support and the hiring of its first executive director, Kathryn Lawler.

ARCHI Breakfast GHPCThe Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) at Georgia State University, with the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Atlanta Regional Commission, provides executive and organizational leadership to the growing collaborative.

ARCHI has worked to improve health for people in the Atlanta region since 2011. Armed with a 28-year plan to generate measurable outcomes by 2040, ARCHI is backed by more than 70 organizations. Members include hospitals, public health agencies, regional planning groups, non-profit and philanthropic organizations, and community members from across the metro area.

Lawler will become ARCHI’s executive director in January 2017 and will be responsible for leading strategic planning, fundraising, reporting and partner engagement.

She has 20 years of experience in policy development and program management focused on vulnerable populations. Specializing in systems integration, she has focused on creating healthy, quality communities for people of all ages and abilities, transportation infrastructure investment strategies and health systems reform.

Prior to this position, Lawler held various positions with the Atlanta Regional Commission for more than 14 years, most recently as aging and health resources manager.

“Kathryn is a proven leader who brings the necessary skills to implement ARCHI’s vision of creating a vibrant community and economy that support the well-being of all Atlantans,” said Dr. Karen Minyard, director of the GHPC.