Skip to Content

LaShawn McIver, MD, MPH

Senior Vice President & Chief Health Equity Officer, AHIP

Dr. LaShawn McIver is a proven public health leader with over 20+ years of experience driving successful health initiatives and public policy efforts aimed at promoting health equity, improving health outcomes, increasing access to quality care and promoting health system reform. In July of 2023, she joined AHIP as its new Senior Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer. In this role she serves as a thought leader for AHIP’s health equity strategies and programs and provides strategic leadership to drive an overall industry wide Health Equity Strategic Roadmap for AHIP as a member-driven association.

Dr. McIver is the former Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health and a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service--a prestigious group of federal leaders charged with leading the continuing transformation and improvement of government. For nearly 3 years she provided transformative leadership, vision and direction to address CMS minority health and health disparities goals, participated in the formulation of CMS’ enterprise policies and strategies; implemented activities to monitor CMS health equity programs, led CMS’ leadership Advisory Council on Equity and consulted with federal agencies and external organizations to address health equity. Additionally, Dr. McIver also co-lead the CMS’ National Rural Health Strategy, National Quality Strategy, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Social Determinates of Health strategy. She served as a commissioner on the Congressional Commission for the Social Status of Black Men and Boys and on the White House Interagency Policy Councils focused on Maternal Health and Social Determinants of Health.

Before joining CMS, Dr. McIver led government affairs and advocacy efforts at the American Diabetes Association as vice president of public policy and strategic alliances and later as is senior vice president of all government affairs and advocacy. During her nine year tenure with the ADA, she provided strategic direction and oversight of the ADA's advocacy activities which focused on increasing federal and state funding for diabetes research and programs, eliminating diabetes disparities, diabetes prevention, and improving the availability of accessible, adequate and affordable healthcare. Dr. McIver also served as the inaugural HIV/AIDS fellow for the Congressional Black Caucus’ Center Health Policy Analysis & Research, a program Director at the Baltimore City health department and a research associate for the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Dr. McIver earned a medical degree in international health and medicine through the Medical School for International Health in collaboration with Columbia University's Medical Center and a Masters degree in Public Health from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School.