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Wm. Jahmal Miller  

President & Founder of Aequitas Innovations, Inc., Health Equity Influencer

Wm. Jahmal Miller is System Vice President with CommonSpirit Health’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Belonging, responsible for health equity and inclusion initiatives. Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) have come together as CommonSpirit Health, creating a new nonprofit Catholic health system focused on advancing health for all people and serving communities in 21 states. Previously, Miller served as the Director of Corporate Reputation & Thought Leadership with Blue Shield of California. Miller is recognized as a national thought leader and an expert on issues pertaining healthcare, public health, health equity, mental health and public policy. He serves on the boards of directors for The Crocker Art Museum Association (CAMA), Valley Vision, the California Asian Chamber of Commerce, and is an active contributor to Landmark Ventures’ Social Innovation Summit. In addition to being appointed to the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Health Equity Task Force in December 2020, Miller has recently been elected to The California Endowment’s board of directors, a not-for-profit foundation with $3.4 billion assets under management.

Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2013, Miller served as the Deputy Director of the California Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity (OHE) and the State’s lead advisor on issues related to reducing health and mental health disparities and achieving health equity for all Californians. With the unique distinction of being confirmed by the California State Senate, he was responsible for leading the state’s mission on health equity to promote equitable social, economic and environmental conditions.

Earlier in his career, he served in multiple leadership roles with Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health, respectively. Over the years, his experience and passion have also garnered international exposure, as Miller has traveled twice to Cuba as part of American delegations to study the Cuban health system, culture, and history.

Miller is a graduate of Columbia University in New York City, with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology. He also holds a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree from the University of Southern California. In May 2016, Western University of Health Sciences conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters (DHL) to Miller, recognizing his lifetime achievements in the field of health and human services. He has completed an Executive Fellowship with the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program in conjunction with the American Leadership Forum & CORO. Touro University recognized Miller in April 2017 with the Mosaic Achievement Award, recognizing his efforts to advance the cause of diversity and inclusion. He has also been recognized with other industry honors, including being named a “Top 40 under 40” awardee by the Sacramento Business Journal, “Top 100 under 50” awardee by Diversity MBA, and a Modern Healthcare Up & Comers awardee.

Miller is a native of Sacramento, California and is a proud husband and father. He is an active member of his local church, and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. Jahmal is the youngest of four boys and his parents have been married for 51 years.

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