Marie M. Spivey EdD, RN, MPA, is vice president of health equity for the Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA). Spivey joined CHA in July 2011 to lead the organization’s Diversity Collaborative initiative, coordinating CHA’s work with member hospitals and providing outreach to communities and partners statewide, regionally, and nationally regarding CHA’s diversity and health equity activities.
Spivey began her career as an operating room nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford. As her career evolved, she became the executive director of a federally qualified health center; bureau chief of community health at the Connecticut Department of Public Health; vice president of community relations at Connecticut Health Systems, Inc.; and vice president of community involvement for Hartford Hospital. As a loaned executive for Hartford Hospital, Spivey launched the Learning Corridor—a 16-acre educational campus of magnet schools in Hartford.
Prior to joining CHA, as a trustee on the board of the Connecticut Community College System, Spivey initiated collaborative work with the community colleges and Capital Workforce Partners to create a program in Hartford which enabled Certified Nursing Assistants to improve their academic skills and climb career ladders in health professions. Spivey is currently chair of the Connecticut Commission on Health Equity and co-chaired the Health Disparities and Health Equity Advisory Committee for SustiNet. She was appointed to serve on Governor Malloy’s Transition Team in the Healthcare Working Group, and currently is a visiting professor at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Center for Public Health and Health Policy. Since joining CHA, Spivey has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) in the New England Regional Health Equity Council, and she serves as co-chair of that board.
Spivey received her Associate’s Degree in nursing and RN from Greater Hartford Community College, prior to completing a Bachelor of Science degree in human services from Southern New Hampshire University. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Public Administration and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, both from the University of Hartford.