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Pleasant Radford, Jr., MBA, CHIE

Health Equity Officer, UCare

Pleasant is a results-driven, humble, and committed healthcare leader with 15+ years of challenging roles in the not-for-profit, academic and health sectors. He is passionate about partnering with local communities to co-create, implement, and sustain equity-centered, community-led solutions that restores human trust in a broken healthcare system and improves health and wellbeing.

Currently, he serves as the Health Equity Officer at UCare, a local health plan that serves more than 600,000 Medicaid and Medicare members across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Prior to UCare, he worked at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, UnitedHealth Group, University of Chicago, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health and the Peace Corps. Outside of work, he hosts the Heart of Equity podcast, a national podcast that talks with Black healthcare professionals to learn what they are doing to advance health equity in the Black community. Additionally, he volunteers on local and national boards and enjoys traveling, biking, and spending time with family and friends.

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