Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare - 2018
Senior vice president and chief medical officer, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Willis is an advocate for improving access and care coordination. She has worked with churches to develop health screening events across the state. Willis has also been at the forefront of battling the opioid epidemic. This includes leading the insurer's 'Count It! Lock It! Drop It!' campaign, which she helped expand statewide. There are now 62 counties in Tennessee participating in the campaign, which offers twice-annual prescription drug take-back days. In 2017, the state collected more than 99,000 pounds of pills. In broader work on community health, Willis serves on both the NashvilleHealth governing board and the Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness.