Renee Canady, PhD, MA

Renee Canady, PhD, MA

Dr. Renée Branch Canady serves as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MPHI; a Michigan-based and nationally engaged non-profit public health institute dedicated to advancing population health through public health innovation and collaboration.

Dr. Canady has been recognized as a national thought leader in the areas of health inequities and disparities, cultural competence, and social justice. She has published and presented broadly on these topics and her passion for this work is evident in her personal, academic, and professional life. Dr. Canady has been highly influential in broadening the discussion of health equity and social justice while serving on numerous national boards, review panels, and advisory groups.

Dr. Canady has been an outstanding public health advocate, researcher, educator, and facilitator, and is a highly sought after speaker. Her career path has also included serving as Directed of Student Affairs in the College of Nursing at MI State University and Assistant Area Director in the Department of Residence Life at the University of North Carolina. She earned her PhD 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.

Opening Plenary Panel: Nobody, Somebody, My body: the Mandate for Maternal Equity and Justice


This session seeks to make visible the often unseen and unacknowledged history that continues to impede equity and justice for women, as related to personal autonomy, systemic practices and cultural norms. Concepts such as planned pregnancy and pregnancy intendedness will be deconstructed and viewed through a lens of equity and justice. Strategies for mediating the […]