admin News January 30, 2019

The Board and staff of Mother & Child Health Coalition are pleased to announce that Tracy Russell has been hired as the new executive director, effective Monday, January 28.

Ms. Russell takes over the leadership role for MCHC following Susan McLoughlin’s retirement after 25 years as the first executive director for the organization. She comes to us from the American Heart Association where she most recently served as the Government Relations Director. During her time there, she worked with Mother & Child Health Coalition to partner on reducing tobacco use. Ms. Russell has worked in the nonprofit sector for her entire career, with an emphasis on health issues for the last 18 years.



Tracy Russell, Executive Director
Mother & Child Health Coalition

“I have a great appreciation for the scope of work pursued by MCHC and believe I have the skills, experience, and passion to move the mission forward. Over the last number of years, I worked with various entities including the city of Kansas City, the Tobacco-Free Kansas Coalition, and many others to improve policies, legislation and practices that affect the health and safety of our children and families.”

MCHC chairperson, Audrey Dunkel JD, Vice President of Financial Advocacy for the Kansas Hospital Association said, “Tracy’s experience and relationships with local and state decision-makers, interested organizations, and health foundations will be an asset for MCHC as we continue to build upon the foundation Susan built for the organization over the last 25 years.”

In addition to advocacy skills, Ms. Russell also has extensive managerial and administrative expertise. She has developed budgets, written grants, supervised staff and served as the primary liaison to boards of directors. She has led strategic planning sessions and served as an organization spokesperson.

Tracy has a passion for public health, particularly as it relates to prevention. “I have dedicated my career to advocating for health measures that help reduce disparities and improve quality of life. I welcome the opportunity to continue this work with the Coalition.”

Susan will be staying on and helping Tracy to get oriented to all that is MCHC over the next few weeks.  You’re sure to have a chance to meet her soon, as she will be attending many meetings in order to get familiar with our programs and partners. Please help us welcome Tracy to the MCHC team!

Anne Biswell
Communications Coordinator
Mother & Child Health Coalition
T: (816) 283-MCHC (6242) ext. 226
F: (816) 283-0307

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