Chara Chamie, MPH
Health Equity Program Manager
Mayo Clinic

Chara Chamie is Health Equity Program Manager for the Mayo Clinic’s REACH (Research on Health Equity and Community Health) Program, the Arizona branch of the Office of Health Disparities Research and Office of Community Engagement in Research. In this role, she collaborates with community partners and identifies community needs with a special emphasis on underserved and underrepresented populations. She also supports clinicians, researchers, and staff on their research projects; assists with strategic planning and grant development; and serves as a liaison to statewide and community-based coalitions.

Ms. Chamie earned an MPH from the University of Arizona and has over 17 years of experience in public health. Her previous positions included cardiac research in an emergency department at University Medical Center and community health outreach in low-income areas with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. She also held several positions at the Washington State Department of Health, including a maternal/child health evaluator; coordinator of heart disease and stroke programs with an emphasis on rural/urban disparities; coordinator of chronic disease prevention efforts focusing on tobacco cessation, nutrition, and physical activity; and health educator of various public health topics.

Ms. Chamie has extensive event and conference planning experience, including helping to organize the annual Arizona Health Equity Conference since 2014 with a 14 member non-profit Planning Committee. This statewide event atracts approximately 300 professionals each year, addressing health disparities issues across all populations and disease topics. Ms. Chamie enjoys connecting individuals, maximizing growth opportunities, and aligning public health efforts with research, clinical, and faith-based opportunities.