As practicing Pediatrician, Professor of Public Health, and a member of the 180 Clinical Advisory Board, Dr. Wyche-Etheridge has a strong interest in prenatal and perinatal health outcomes/disparities, especially as they relate to infant mortality. She advises the leadership team on public health issues, keeping a strong focus on overcoming disparities, understanding and addressing social determinants of health, and collaborating with not-for-profit organizations.
She currently operates her own consulting firm, serving as a public health resource to urban physicians, and practices, community based organizations, and companies interested in positively influencing the health/well being of communities of color. She provides professional feedback and advice to public health programming, especially in the fields of maternal child health, health equity, and minority health.
In her previous role of over 12 years as the Director of the Bureau of Family, Youth and Infant Health for the Nashville Metro Public Health Dept., she oversaw 13 programs, ranging from school health to home visiting programs She introduced programs for at-risk pregnant teens and to promote community health screenings, as well as educational and maternal health programming through area faith-based institutions. She initiated a program for high school students to learn the basics of public health, and established Lentz University, an internal employee public health 101 program, to guide the health department towards accreditation.
Before that, she served as the Director of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, which provided expert bilingual primary care to diverse pediatric/adolescent populations in the community, provided hospital call and coverage for all health center patients, and served on youth and teen pregnancy prevention organizations.
She founded the Nashville chapter of the Birthing Project and is committed to improving the quality, access, and acceptability of care for underprivileged, underserved children, teens, and families, and to changing the systems that perpetuate the inequities.
She participates actively in community advocacy and outreach initiatives, and uses the media to spread health messages throughout the community. She has worked to change clinical practice by teaching medical students and master’s students to practice culturally-competent primary care and public health and served as a Board Director for CityMatch, an urban maternal health organization.
Dr. Wyche-Etheridge received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA in 1993, and completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. in 1996. She received her M.P.H. in 2000 from the Harvard School of Public Health while completing a CFHU Fellowship.