Marcus M. Mckinney, Vice President of Community Health Equity and Health Policy, Graduates from Health Leadership Program

(Hartford, Conn. September 18, 2012) – Marcus M. McKinney, D.Min., L.P.C., of South Windsor, Vice President of Community Health Equity and Health Policy at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, recently graduated from the Health Leadership Fellows program of the CT Health Foundation. 

Dr. McKinney will also serve as a Senior Fellow for the upcoming Class of 2013. The program is based in Hartford. 

Dr. McKinney joined Saint Francis in 1984 as the director of Pastoral Counseling and Community Outreach. In 2010, he began serving as the director and co-founder of the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute, providing leadership in Saint Francis’ efforts to curb healthcare disparities in the community, particularly prostate cancer among African American men. 

Dr. McKinney earned his doctorate of ministry from Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, Mass., and his master of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. He is a member of the Yale University Institute of Social and Policy Studies, the American Psychological Association and a certified fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. 

The Health Leadership Fellows program, established in 2005, brings together diverse yet like-minded individuals from multiple sectors who are dedicated to achieving health equity. Each year, up to 20 participants are selected into the competitive 10-month program, and enhance their leadership skills to both address racial and ethnic health disparities and to build public will for health equity. 

The Health Leadership Fellows network comprises 140 diverse leaders who are currently spearheading change in their places of employment, their local communities, and statewide to advance this important issue.  

The Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) is the state’s largest independent health philanthropy dedicated to improving lives by changing health systems.  Since it was established in July,1999, the Foundation has supported innovative grant-making, public health policy research, technical assistance and convening to achieve its mission. 

Over the past 12 years, CT Health has awarded grants totaling nearly $47 million in 45 cities and towns throughout the state in three priority areas: 

  • Improving access to children’s mental health services 
  • Reducing racial and ethnic health disparities 
  • Expanding access to and use of children’s oral health services 


About Saint Francis 

Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897.  Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England.  Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, and the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research.  Its services are supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the region.  For more information, visit