Suzanne Pfister, Vitalyst Health Foundation

TITLE: President and CEO

FOCUS AREAS: Access to care and coverage, healthy community design, community capacity building, and community innovation & collaboration.

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

PROFILE: Suzanne Pfister is the president and CEO of the Vitalyst Health Foundation, which focuses on health funding in Arizona. She has been in this role since October 2013.

Her professional bio shares:

Suzanne Pfister is the President and CEO of Vitalyst Health Foundation. She and her colleagues are working on a variety of projects, including support for the Cover AZ Coalition, which is focused on Medicaid and federal marketplace enrollment, assistance to cities in Arizona to integrate health into land use planning and community development, and promoting health innovation.
Prior to this, she was Vice President of External Affairs for Dignity Health Arizona. In this capacity, she was responsible for federal, state, and local government relations and outreach to the business community for the Arizona market. She also was the Vice President for Marketing and Communications at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center for many years.
Suzanne also served as a community relations consultant and partner for two small businesses for more than a decade, serving clients throughout Arizona. She also has worked with state, regional and local governments, managing diverse issues such as energy conservation, air quality, transportation, taxpayer services and higher education.
Suzanne has a Master’s Degree in Public and Environmental Affairs from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Urban Studies from Occidental College.
She currently serves on The Arizona We Want Institute’s Board of Advisors, the ASU College of Public Service and Community Solution’s Community Council, The Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Friends of Public Radio Arizona, the Arizona Grantmakers Forum Board of the Directors, Greater Phoenix Leadership, the City of Phoenix Library Advisory Board, the Arizona Town Hall Board of Directors, the Maasai Education, Research and Conservation Institute, USA and the Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee. She is also co-chairing the first State Health Implementation Plan steering committee.
Her hobbies are travel and landscape photography.

Pfister’s AU Morrison Institute for Public Policy profile reads:

Suzanne Pfister is the President and CEO of St. Luke’s Health Initiatives (SLHI), a $120 million public foundation focused on Arizona health policy, technical assistance for non-profits and strength-based community engagement and systems change. She previously was Vice President of External Affairs for Dignity Health Arizona and Vice President for Marketing and Communications at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. She serves on The Arizona We Want Institute’s Board of Advisors, the ASU College of Public Service and Community Solution’s Community Council, Friends of Public Radio Arizona, the Arizona Grantmakers Forum Board of the Directors, Greater Phoenix Leadership, the City of Phoenix Library Advisory Board and the Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee. She is co-chairing the first State Health Implementation Plan steering committee. She has a master’s degree in public and environmental affairs from Indiana University and a bachelor of arts in political science/urban studies from Occidental College.

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