About Us

Impact4Health is dedicated to reducing healthcare disparities through healthcare innovations, training, and effective community and stakeholder engagement.

We do this with a unique array of talented experts who join together on project teams tailored to our client requirements and targeted project goals.   

Among our team are the following scholars, consultants, and health care professionals 

Our Leadership Team


Maria Hernandez, PhD,  President and COO of Impact4Health is a thought leader in health equity and pay for success initiatives designed to address the upstream social determinants of health among vulnerable populations.  Maria currently leads the Alameda County Pay for Success Asthma Initiative which is testing the feasibility of reducing asthma related emergencies using health education and proven home based environmental interventions for children.  Prior to her appointment at Impact4Health, Dr. Hernandez consulted to Fortune 100 corporations, major foundations, public agencies and elected officials.  She has lead diversity and inclusion initiatives and executive education programs aimed at creating a culture of inclusion in several sectors.  Most recently, she has designed the InclusionSCORECARD™ for Population Health to assist hospital systems and public health agencies interested in addressing the needs of increasingly diverse patient populations.  Maria holds a doctorate in community psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and is an American Psychological Association Minority Fellow and Danforth Fellow.  Maria is currently a Board of Trustee Member for the Alameda Health System and a Board of Director for AAA Mountain West Group, one of the largest clubs in the federation


Shirley Engelmeier is Founder and CEO of InclusionINC, the parent company of Impact4Health.  Shirley has provided consultations and training in diversity and inclusion for over 20 years to the Fortune 100 companies across every sector.   Shirley is author of Inclusion as a Business Strategy and Becoming and Inclusive Leader--two key works on the importance of creating a workplace culture of inclusion that values the unique contributions and perspectives of all staff. 

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
— The World Health Organization

Our Strategic Advisors

Tomas León

Jesus Saucedo, MD

Len Syme, PhD

Our Senior Associates


Kathleen Chávez Rège  is a trusted advisor to executives who are committed to creating diverse and inclusive environments.   Her track record for building strong and resilient cultures is grounded in over 20 years of guiding leaders to shape an organization, its talent, and how it performs.  She has extensive experience as a business leader and consultant in companies from start-ups to Fortune 100 Corporations. She partners with executives and teams to define and ensure strategic business expectations and customer demands are met.  With an emphasis on strengthening leadership effectiveness, she enables people for changes that drive transformation while revitalizing commitments and creating a sense of belonging. 

A native to Silicon Valley, Kathleen holds a B.S. in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco.

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Lourdes Negrón-McDaniel, CDP, SHRM-SCP is a Senior Executive Consultant with Impact4Health with expertise in leveraging diversity, equity, and inclusion frameworks to support hospitals, health and healthcare serving institutions, and community-based groups. She has substantive experience through the life cycle of diversity strategic planning and implementation and focuses on the intersection of health care and community wellness by addressing the social determinants of health. Lourdes facilitates both the Inclusive Leader 360™ and the Inclusion SCORECARD for Population Health™ in her work.

Lourdes excels at providing engaging training and development programs, coaching, and change management services that create inclusive environments and leverages diversity for greater impact.


Valerie A. Batts, PhD, is Executive Director and Co-founder of VISIONS, Inc.  She leads the consultation and training components of the company.  Author of Modern Racism:  New Melody for the Same Old Tune, andIs Reconciliation Possible:  Lessons from Combating Modern Racism, Dr. Batts has written extensively on modern racism and multicultural organizational change strategies. In a joint venture with Impact4Health, Valerie is part of the the design and implementation team that provides The Healthing Edge, a unique training for healthcare teams. 

Dr. Batts earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duke University and is a licensed clinical psychologist.  She earned a BA in psychology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and Social Changefrom Lone Mountain College. In 2006, Dr. Batts received an Honorary Degree of Doctorate of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Ma.  Since 1976, she has provided multicultural education and change strategies to human service providers, educators, community leaders, youth, young adults and managers in a variety of settings.  Working both nationally and internationally, Dr. Batts supports people and organizations in developing and maintaining environments that recognize, understand, respect, appreciate and utilize differences


Susan Rae Ross has 20 years of experience working in both the US and third world nations where she has forged effective multi-sectoral partnerships to promote sustainable health initiatives.  Prior to her consulting work, Susan was CARE's Director of Reproductive Health and demonstrated leadership in the field of maternal and newborn health.  She also has served as a Health Advisor for the US Agency International Development (USAID) in several countries Susan holds an MBA from Purdue University, an MPH from the University of Illinois and a BS in Nursing from State University of New York, Plattsburg.