Brian Myers is a visionary leader who inspires the team, board and community partners of Dogwood Health Trust (DHT) to achieve the mission of measurable impact for health equity and health improvements. As Chief Strategy Officer, Brian leads the design and implementation of all DHT grantmaking portfolios and public/private partnerships, and creates a culture of accountability and impact while remaining compassionate, collaborative and equitable. He is responsible for developing and launching all aspects of the Trust’s newly developing initiatives including grant making, Impact Investing, public-private partnerships, evaluation and all new opportunities as needed.
Before joining DHT, Brian was Chief Strategy Officer at Empire Health Foundation in Spokane, WA, where he created and catalyzed multiple regional partnerships to address the social determinants of health. In this role, Brian designed and implemented a regional capacity building initiative that brought more than $300 million in federal health funding into Eastern Washington. He also directed the Foundation’s Healthy Aging Program, which is aimed at supporting seniors to remain healthy and independent in their homes or communities of choice, and developed and implemented the first-ever private philanthropic program serving tribal elders on a reservation, resulting in a 14% improvement in Patient Activation Measurement scores (an evidence-based program). In addition, Brian reated a community owned subsidiary to play a neutral role in response to opportunities in health care reform. This led to a regional contract to train and support navigators to offer health care enrollment support for the uninsured and under resourced in a 14-county region. The subsidiary and its network of partners dramatically exceeded the targeted enrollments of 10,000 hard to reach individuals by enrolling over 100,000 hard to reach individuals in a two-year period.
Brian is well-versed in working with diverse constituencies, including rural communities and tribes, and is deeply committed to equity. He currently serves on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, is a board member for Grantmakers in Aging and the Spokane Teachers Credit Union, and has served on the boards of the Spokane Tribal Network and the Potlatch Fund. He has also served as a representative on several advisory boards and committees for government agencies associated with health and the social determinants of health at the local, state, and national level.
Brian is a frequent presenter for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the National Rural Health Association, Grantmakers in Aging, and Philanthropy Northwest, among others. He is a graduate of the Grantmakers in Health Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy.
Brian holds a BA in history from San Francisco State University. He is an avid ultra-marathon runner, often competing in mountain trail races of 100 miles and longer. His wife and two young daughters are the loves of his life.