Carla Gibson is Vice President of Programs, responsible for all program functions of the foundation, including developing strategic community investments designed to implement REACH’s mission of advancing health equity in its six-county service area. Gibson joined REACH in 2006 and has guided the foundation’s health equity investments.
Prior to joining REACH, she directed community health programming at Kansas City CARE Clinic, and served as a Ryan White case manager at Swope Health Services. Gibson also worked for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services as a health program manager for the northwest region.
Gibson currently chairs the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Behavioral Health Action Team and serves on its Diverse Business Committee. Additionally, Gibson is treasurer of both the Board of Directors of the Greater Lee’s Summit Health Care Foundation and the Missouri Rural Health Association.
Previously, Gibson was an appointee to the Office of Minority Health’s National Partnership for Action – Heartland Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC VII). She also co-chaired the host team for the national 2017 White Privilege Conference and chaired the KC Chamber’s Resilient KC Trauma Initiative.
Gibson was honored with an Ace Award from the KC Chamber for outstanding achievement in the nonprofit industry. She was also awarded the Bold Health Champion award, sponsored by Humana, Partners in Primary Care, and Novo Nordisk, for being a credible voice of faith in the Kansas City metropolitan health community, as well as the Regional Health Champion Award for leadership in healthcare at the Heartland Conference on Health Equity and Patient Centered Care. Additional honors include the Spirit Award in social justice leadership from Communities Creating Opportunities; the Health Hero award from the Black Health Care Coalition of Greater Kansas City for her work in addressing access to care, advocacy and health promotion in the African American community; and, the Cross-Cultural Leadership Award from the Institute for International Medicine.
Gibson earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska Omaha and a Master of Public Administration from Bellevue University. She and her husband Robert Gibson live in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.