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Dr. Alisahah Cole

System Vice President Population Health Innovation and Policy

CommonSpirit Health

Dr. Alisahah Cole

Dr. Alisahah Cole is the System Vice President of Population Health Innovation and Policy at CommonSpirit Health.

Alisahah Cole, MD, received her undergraduate degrees in Music and Biology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated with her medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, OH, where she was a National Health Service Corp Scholar.

Since serving the underserved had always been a priority, she completed her residency in Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center, where she was part of the Urban Track program. During that time, she received the Bryant L. Galusha Intern of the Year Award and served as Co-Chief Resident her final year. After residency, she worked in a rural health clinic in Union, SC for 4 years. Since her return to Charlotte, she has served in multiple leadership roles, including Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and System Medical Director of Community Health for Atrium Health. Currently she serves as the System Vice President, Population Health Innovation and Policy at CommonSpirit.

She has been passionate about inter-disciplinary medical education, teaching a wide range of learners from residents, medical and pharmacy students, ACP’s, and behavioral health interns. Her clinical interests include health equity and population health, and she is currently responsible for developing and implementing a community health strategy across multiple counties in North and South Carolina. Outside of medicine she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and watching football.

Specialties: Family Medicine, Community and Population Health, Social Determinants, Health Equity.



I think ultimately, we at CommonSpirit and the Docent Health team would like to be able to say that we eliminated the infant maternal mortality and morbidity disparity that exists in African American women and children. Big huge statement that I know might scare some people, but someone has to make it and someone has to commit to doing it.
In healthcare there are times when we have evidence based practices. We know things that work but for some reason, we don't standardize them across our systems. In our program we saw pretty significant outcomes and we said, why shouldn't every patient that we serve in this space have the ability to access this amazing program? So we expanded it across all of our facilities.
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