Dr. Creshelle R. Nash, M.D., M.P.H., is the medical director for Health Equity and Public Programs at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In this role, Dr. Nash provides leadership for developing, implementing, and evaluating health equity initiatives to help create a more inclusive and non-discriminatory healthcare system throughout Arkansas.
Dr. Nash provides oversight and guidance on public programs and products to improve health equity for all Arkansans. This role includes a position on the leadership committee for the Vaccinate the Natural State initiative, a combined effort from a diverse set of organizations working to increase the adoption of COVID-19 vaccines across Arkansas and ensure equitable access and distribution. Dr. Nash is passionate about addressing health disparities in Arkansas’ most vulnerable communities and takes action as a leader throughout the state.
In addition to her role at Arkansas Blue Cross, Dr. Nash is adjunct faculty in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Public Health, where she is also the co-director of the Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Service Learning Course.
Prior to her work with Arkansas Blue Cross, Dr. Nash served as the medical director for the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, where she developed and implemented community outreach and advocacy programs and partnerships. She also practiced primary care internal medicine for 15 years in the department of General Internal Medicine at UAMS, mentored students and faculty and engaged in health disparity research and advocacy efforts.
Dr. Nash completed medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, and served her residency in the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. She received a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University School of Public Health and completed a fellowship in Minority Health Policy from Harvard University School of Public Health, also in Washington, D.C.
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