Congratulations to Tracy Parris-Benjamin, Director, Clinical Design Community Health, LMSW, FHELA, for being selected by Diversity MBA for its 13th annual list of Top 100 under 50 emerging and executive leaders with advanced degrees.
Ms. Parris-Benjamin has a distinguished record of health care innovation and transformation and has worked with senior executive leadership at health plans and large hospital systems. She is recognized as a strong leader and role model by her peers and senior leaders at Horizon BCBSNJ. She has participated in several formal and informal mentorship relationships and devotes her time to increasing awareness of topics and challenges that affect the lives of many.
Working with Horizon BCBSNJ’s extensive value-based network, Ms. Parris-Benjamin leads the development of innovative health programs targeted at high-need populations. In this role, she translates executive strategy into tactical implementation for a broad variety of community health initiatives. Her responsibilities include:
• Leading payer/provider integration work, including a consumer-driven, community-centric care coordination model
• Addressing social determinants of health
• Leading an opioid workgroup focused on increasing awareness, reducing stigma and educating the Company’s employees and community agencies
• Working with provider systems to share risk positioning themselves toward assuming global risk
Additionally, Ms. Parris-Benjamin has led the development and implementation of Peer-Recovery models and served as a key speaker for the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey’s Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall series. She is a fellow of the New Jersey Healthcare Executives Leadership Academy and was voted into Horizon BCBSNJ’s 85th Anniversary Hall of Fame.
Ms. Parris-Benjamin’s work spans both the non-profit and for-profit sectors of health care. Her background showcases her work as an advocate and facilitator for community-based programs for HIV-positive pregnant teens and their families, survivors of domestic violence, individual and group counseling, parenting workshops to reunite families, and care coordination for underserved and chronically ill persons.
When she is not tackling social issues within the health care field, Ms. Parris-Benjamin enjoys spending time with her family. She is a cherished wife and mother of two school-aged children. She is also an entrepreneur and proud business owner of a children’s entertainment venture that focuses on developing confidence in children and young adults.
Ms. Parris-Benjamin knows the importance of investing in a community. She has volunteered for many projects such as community garden restorations, fundraising to support homeless teens, leading and coordinating women empowerment seminars in conjunction with local churches and community board organizations, and working with college students on professional career development.
Additionally, Ms. Parris-Benjamin serves on the board for the American Heart Association and the Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition. She has been featured on WBGO radio leading a discussion on trauma informed care and has often served as a panelist for discussions focused on raising awareness for of and identifying social determinants of health such as food insecurity, limited transportation, child care and social isolation affecting one’s overall well-being.
Ms. Parris-Benjamin holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University.
At Horizon BCBSNJ, we embrace and value differences of culture, education, experience and perspective in our workplace. As the largest and most experienced health insurer in New Jersey, our Company benefits from our diverse group of employees that reflects the diverse members we serve.
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