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Nicole Cooper, DrPH

Head, Healthcare Policy


Nicole M. Cooper currently serves as head of healthcare policy at Lyft. In this role, she develops and manages Lyft’s national healthcare policy agenda and partnerships while expanding Lyft’s presence in the healthcare sector. She previously served as vice president of corporate social responsibility at UnitedHealthcare, where she led national signature partnerships and local and state social investment strategies to bolster UHC’s social impact across the U.S. Reporting to the UnitedHealthcare chief communications officer, among other responsibilities, Dr. Cooper spearheaded national corporate philanthropic grant-making efforts and employee volunteerism programs focused on addressing basic access to care and the social determinants of health for underserved communities. She was also a member of the executive UnitedHealthcare Culture, Inclusion and Diversity Council.

Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Dr. Cooper was an Obama administration political appointee and part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services team responsible for implementation of the Affordable Care Act. At HHS, Dr. Cooper served as a policy adviser to key leaders in the agency, including the chief of staff at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the deputy assistant secretary for minority health. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College, a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan and a Doctor of Public Health degree from Harvard University.


Women Healthcare Executives Address: Building Trust to Address Disparities in Access and Outcomes

Presented by Nicole Cooper, DrPH, Denise Brooks-Williams, FACHE at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 24th.

The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the systemic and historical nature of health disparities in access to care and health outcomes across different populations and communities. As part of the journey to eliminate these disparities and achieve health equity, it is critical that leaders at the helm of hospitals and health systems build trust with…