Missouri Health Funders Cross-State Conversation: Meet the New CEO of Missouri Foundation for Health, Dr. Dwayne Proctor

Open to: 
PhilMO Full Members (free) & Non-Member Funders (free)
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
2:00pm to 3:00pm CDT
Online Zoom Meeting
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Program Description

Join fellow Missouri health funders for a cross-state conversation with Philanthropy Missouri, including an opportunity to welcome Dr. Dwayne Proctor, the new CEO of Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH). Participants will hear from Dr. Proctor as he shares his leadership goals and sector priorities. The call will continue with an interactive discussion of developments and initiatives in the field of health-related grantmaking. This virtual, live conversation includes time for participant questions and engagement with others, introducing grantmakers across the state who may have complementary interests. 


2:00pm - Welcome & Introductions

2:15pm - Conversation with Dr. Dwayne Proctor

2:25pm - Q&A 

2:35pm - Interactive Discussion for Health Funders: Sharing Initiatives

Non-Member Registration: If you are a Missouri funder that is not currently a member, please contact amanda@philmo.org to be registered for this program.

Questions? Contact amanda@philmo.org.


Dwayne Proctor, PHD

CEO, Missouri Foundation for Health 

During his nearly 20 years in philanthropy, Dr. Dwayne Proctor has always worked to ensure that American communities were healthy and thriving. Before becoming president and CEO of Missouri Foundation for Health in 2021, he served in a variety of roles at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2002, he joined as a senior communications and program officer, providing strategic guidance and resources for several child health and risk-prevention initiatives such as Nurse-Family Partnership, Free to Grow, Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol-Free, Partnership for a Drug-Free America, and the National Campaign to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy. In 2005, Dr. Proctor was tapped to lead RWJF’s national strategies to reverse the rise in childhood obesity rates. In this role, he worked with his colleagues to promote effective changes to public policies and industry practices, test and demonstrate innovative community and school-based environmental changes, and leverage sustainable changes using both “grassroots” and “treetops” advocacy approaches to educate local and national leaders on their roles and opportunities to prevent childhood obesity. Prior to RWJF, Dr. Proctor was an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where he taught courses on health communication and marketing practices to reach multicultural populations. During his Fulbright Fellowship in Senegal, West Africa, his research team investigated how HIV/AIDS prevention messages raised awareness of AIDS as a national health problem. Dr. Proctor received his doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in marketing and communication science from the University of Connecticut. He is the former chairman of the board of directors for the Association of Black Foundation Executives and currently is the chairman of the board of trustees for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Foundation.