Othelia Pryor, PhD, MPH
Founder and Consultant
Michigan Minority Health Coalition

Othelia Pryor is the founder and a consultant of the Michigan Minority Health Coalition (MMHC), a statewide advocacy consortium. MMHC has been involved in equity issues since its inception and has an organizational structure of members, partners, and associates from all of Michigan’s five ethnic and minority populations. MMHC played an instrumental role in the passage of PA 653, Michigan’s health disparity law, and continues to advocate for full and meaningful implementation of this legislation.

Dr. Pryor’s leadership enabled MMHC to develop a public service announcement and launch a website on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). MMHC has hosted numerous educational events in the community and also has convened three statewide conferences related to the effect of healthcare reform on communities of color. She has served as an expert speaker and trainer on the ACA; hosted statewide educational and informational sessions; and trained and assembled an ACA train-the- trainer workshop. She also participates in several national committees on healthcare reform.

Dr. Pryor has experience as a workshop trainer, an accomplished evaluator, a focus group facilitator, and an organizational leader. She is a member of several regional and statewide coalitions. Her outstanding leadership was recognized with the first annual John B. Waller, Jr. Health Equity Award and the Public Health Director’s Award by the Michigan Department of Community Health. The Michigan Legislative Black Caucus also awarded her two State of Michigan Seals in recognition of her innovative approach to investigating minority health issues. She is the past co-chair of the Regional Health Equity Council (Region V) and currently chairs its Information and Communication Committee.

Dr. Pryor collaborates with community members, religious groups, schools, and grassroots organizations to form partnerships with university researchers, local/state health agencies, and national foundations to address health equity and disparities issues. Her projects have included collaborations with churches in Lansing, Michigan to address HIV issues; community leaders to establish a teen youth center focusing on obesity; and hip hop artists to produce Swagticious, a healthy eating video.

Dr. Pryor earned a PhD in educational psychology from Michigan State University; an MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; an MBA from the University of Illinois; and a BS from the University of Pittsburgh.