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About DeAnna Minus-Vincent, MPA

Vice President, Social Impact and Community Investment

DeAnna What is your personal WHY? How does your work in the Social Impact and Community Investment Practice at RWJBH motivate you to obtain your WHY?
I wake up every day understanding that I am my parent’s daughter and my daughter’s mother—with this comes awesome responsibility to carry on a legacy and create a better, more equitable world that affords ALL individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual preference, socioeconomic status, age, or ability, with the opportunity to realize their goals. While this can be done person by person, I believe we can make the most impact and create sustainable change when we tackle and re-engineer systems.

My work at RWJBarnabas Health is the summation of my life’s work, to date. Having worked across sectors, tackling diverse issue areas, the impact RWJBH seeks to deliver allows me to flex every muscle to truly innovate and address each of the social determinants of health while overcoming the barriers to access for the patients we serve; creating efficiencies for our clinicians; using data, technology and strategic systems change; and collaborating with diverse partners across sectors to improve health, social, and economic outcomes.
I cannot go a day without…
Daryl and Darynn—my husband and my daughter!
Talking to my parents and my sister
COLD BREW COFFEE!
If I could give a 10 second speech to the entire United States, my message would be…
Being an agent of change is hard; even when it is right. It means not always following the crowd, but being the one that charts the course. Change takes courage, strength, and a lot of sweat equity. A new path could mean new inventions, new discoveries, new opportunities… or it could simply mean the difference in being able to look yourself in the mirror every day or having to avert your eyes.