Vice President of Community Health
and Social Impact
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Destiny-Si mone Ramjohn is a public health sociologist with a mission: to ensure that everyone, no matter where they live or how wealthy they are, has access to quality health care.
“I have devoted my 15-plus-year health career to implementing large-scale interventions that are poised to catalyze the economic, social and cultural future of communities impacted by an inequitable distribution of power and resources,” Ramjohn said. “Achieving greater Baltimore’s greatest destiny requires that we minimize the chasm between business and social imperatives through philanthropy that applies an equity lens and a profitable corporate sector.”
In other words, she added: “Businesses can do well and do good, and I intend to show them how.”
Ramjohn, 40, earned her master’s degree in sociomedical sciences from Columbia University, in New York, in 2006 and her doctorate in sociomedical sciences from Columbia in 2012.
After spending five years working for Kaiser Permanente in various capacities, most recently, as director of community health, she went to work for CareFirst earlier this year as vice president of community health and social impact.
These days, Ramjohn works to address the complexities people and communities face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under her leadership, CareFirst set aside $2 million for community organizations working to relieve the health, social and economic needs of people caused by the pandemic.
In her career, Ramjohn has won numerous honors for her work, and last year was named a Daily Record Health Care Hero for leading advancements in health care innovation.
Ramjohn said she is a strong believer in John F. Kennedy’s dictum (due to be delivered on the day he was assassinated in 1963) that “leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
“I consistently pursue new knowledge of the key issues impacting quality of life among our region’s residents to cultivate collaborative, reciprocal and enduring relationships in a range of industries,” she said.
Among other groups, Ramjohn is a member of Gov. Larry Hogan’s Community Health Resources Commission, which works to expand access to health care for low-income Marylanders, and on the board of the Maryland Philanthropy Network, a statewide group with $9 million in assets.