The director of Louisville’s Center for Health Equity is stepping down to take a job with the Humana Foundation.
Friday was the last day for Brandy N. Kelly Pryor, who spent nearly three years heading up the center, which is a part of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. It works to address factors that contribute to health disparities, from racism to the availability of healthy food.
In a similar vein, Kelly Pryor assumes the role of senior director of programs for the foundation, where she will help with the awarding of grants to improve health equity in communities in Louisville and several other markets.
“These are the things that in some way I’ve been created and purposed to do — to make sure that those who are most marginalized and least acknowledged in our communities, that they have a voice and a seat at the table and that they can live their best lives possible,” Kelly Pryor said in an interview on her last day.
Longtime employee T Gonzales, who has led advocacy efforts for policy change locally and nationally, steps into the role of interim director of the center, which recently trained 4,000 city government employees on issues around racial equity.
In working on Humana Foundation grants, Pryor expects to help “shape and frame the methodology that we’ll use to see how the outcomes of these investments are working best for the communities that need it most.”
“I’m really happy from the standpoint that the Humana Foundation has recognized the call that we’re making to some of our largest investors and funders in this community to say how do we do this, and how do we get it right?” she said.
Kelly Pryor leaves the Center for Health Equity as it officially grows from five staff members to 40 due to a realignment of Health and Wellness staff.
The employees will be working on existing and new projects. They’ll also be tackling topics highlighted in the center’s recent Health Equity Report such as early childhood development, social and cultural capital, food and the built environment, housing and economic development, and criminal justice.
“I feel like a mama bird in some ways,” Kelly Pryor said, expressing pride in the center’s staff. “I’ve nurtured this nest for so long now, and they’re ready to fly.”