Top 100 Women of Impact: Creshelle R. Nash, MD, MPH, CHIE

Creshelle R. Nash, MD, MPH, CHIE

Medical Director of Health Equity & Public Programs, Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield

About me: I am a daughter, sister, aunt, friend, neighbor and community advocate. I am a premature baby born to young parents in southwest Arkansas. I have been blessed to pursue my passion of improved health for all from many vantage points. Some of those areas include clinical practice, public health and health policy, teaching, advocacy and organizational change and development. At heart, service is in my DNA.

Lives/Works in: Little Rock

Best Career Advice: Pursue your passion and never work a day in your life. Be persistent and resilient.

Lesson Learned the Hard Way: Perceived challenges, obstacles and failures are the foundation for progress and push you toward your purpose.

Proudest Moment of Impact: It is often difficult to recognize your impact. It can happen in subtle, powerful ways. Recently, I have had several students and mentees go on to become public health, academic and business leaders in the health equity arena. They have taken time to inform me of the influence I had on their development and work. These colleagues are now making a difference in people’s lives and communities and paying it forward. That makes me proud.

Call to Action: Health is not just an individual effort, but a community effort. We are all part of the solution. Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. Collective action is essential and can change the state, the nation and the world.

What Keeps Me Motivated: Faith, family and friends. My faith connects me to power and purpose. My family is my greatest support at all times. And finally, my friends provide a listening ear, feedback, encouragement and accountability (and some fun along the way).

A Women’s Foundation of Arkansas Initiative

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