Dara M. Gray Basley is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and currently serves as the Health Equity Manager at Access Community Health Network (ACCESS) in Chicago, Illinois. Dara provides leadership in integrating both Trauma-Informed Care and Social Determinants of Health into the organizational culture of one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Centers in the Chicagoland area. In addition, Dara is a Chair for ACCESS’ Racial Justice & Health Equity StrategiCare Committee, dedicated to providing a safe space for the cultivation of knowledge, meaningful dialogue, and the actions required to tackle issues of racism and health equity within and beyond the walls of ACCESS. Prior to this position, Dara led a team of Maternal & Child Health (MCH) High-Risk Case Managers and Breastfeeding Counselor as the MCH Program Manager for the Westside Healthy Start program; a federally funded infant mortality initiative. Dara has worked in the field of public health, specifically working to reduce health disparities for over 10 years. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, and earned her master’s in social work from The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) as a Family Support Fellow. Outside of the office, Dara served as a Co-Chair for the Illinois Department of Public Health COINN Pre/Interconception Care Committee and currently serves as the Chair for the Programs & Best Practices committee for the Illinois Taskforce on Infant and Maternal Mortality Among African Americans.
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