Melissa Clarke, MD

Senior medical director, health care transformation and health equity

Clinical transformation

Melissa E. Clarke, MD, CMQ, is the senior medical director for health care transformation and health equity at 3M Health Information Systems (HIS), embedded in regulatory and government affairs division. There she determines strategy for working with health care organizations to improve population health, build equitable value-based networks and enhance clinical quality. She also leads the 3M HIS division strategy on social risk in the context of 3Ms population health products and supports the division government relations team.

Dr. Clarke previously worked as the vice president for population health at an integrated clinical network where she negotiated managed care contracts and pioneered innovative care strategies to improve health outcomes for medically underserved patients. Previous to that, she was a senior medical director at Aetna-owned Active Health Management, a population health management company, which managed more than 18 million covered lives. As the former board chair of Unity Healthcare, the largest Federally Qualified Health Clinic (FQHC) in the Washington, D.C. area, Dr. Clarke helped to steer the organization as it transitioned into adopting a patient-centered, population health and value-based care approach to health care services.

Dr. Clarke’s career started at Howard University, where she was both faculty in emergency medicine and assistant dean for medical education. There, she led grants worth more than $11 million in the areas of medical education, telehealth and health literacy. She authored the popular patient advocacy book “Excuse Me Doctor, I’ve Got What?” which she adapted into a curriculum, the Be Health Empowered Series, for low-health literacy audiences. She currently serves on the Maryland Patient Safety Commission Maternal Morbidity Task Force, the District of Columbia Health Department Scientific Committee for the Safe and Equitable Distribution of COVID 19 Vaccines and is a co-founder of the Black Coalition Against COVID 19 (BCAC), which has advised the White House COVID-19 taskforce on the pandemic effects in communities of color.

Dr. Clarke graduated from Harvard University, the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and attended the Georgetown/George Washington Universities for residency.