Marcus Johnson, Vitalyst Health Foundation

TITLE: Director

FOCUS AREAS: State Health Policy and Advocacy

CONTACT: mjohnson@vitalysthealth.org, (602) 385-6500

PROFILE: Marcus Johnson is the Vitalyst Health Foundation’s director for state health policy and advocacy. He has been in this position since August 2016. Previously, he worked as the director of policy and community health for the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. He has also worked for Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Children’s Action Alliance, and LifeStart Wellness Network. He earned a BS in physiology in 2006 and an MPH in public health practice in 2012.

His professional bio shares:

Marcus Johnson is Vitalyst Health Foundation’s Director of State Health Policy and Advocacy.  Marcus is responsible for initiatives regarding access to care and coverage, workforce development and advocacy efforts.  His work focuses on achieving Vitalyst Health Foundation’s policy goals at a state and federal level. His responsibilities include convening and engaging the community to identify or advance public policy goals, analyzing and educating the community on state and federal health policy issues, writing or overseeing policy-related research or publications, and managing grants or contracts aimed at achieving Vitalyst Health Foundation’s policy objectives.  Marcus also oversees efforts aimed at strengthening the analytic infrastructure for policy analysis in the state, and provides support to bolster advocacy capacity among community partners.  Marcus has significant experience addressing systemic issues that ultimately affect health. His contributions have led to numerous policy and systems changes in health care, behavioral health and public health – including the building of effective partnerships between the health care and public health sectors.