Editor's note: Since the initial publication of this article, Carmen Parker-Bradshaw is no longer associated with Burrell Behavioral Health.
Carmen Parker-Bradshaw is an idea person, but what sets her apart from most dreamers is her ability to take ideas and see them to fruition. In other words, she makes stuff happen.
Take MSU Care Clinic for example. The Mercy affiliate clinic provided nearly 3,000 office visits for uninsured low-income adult patients, ages 18 to 64, in its first year of operation alone. And it was Parker-Bradshaw who, while working as a system director at Mercy, first presented the idea to collaborate with Missouri State University to provide uninsured, low-income individuals with access to health care. “Something that I’ve always been passionate about is caring for the marginalized population,” Parker-Bradshaw says.
But before improving the Springfield health care scene, Parker-Bradshaw spent time in Washington, D.C. as an executive healthcare fellow. These fellowships focused on policy initiatives with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Global Health Affairs and World Health Organization. Through this experience, she got to draft papers for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and she helped see it through authorization and implementation with public health entities across national borders.