Meet the Co-Leads and Team Leaders of the Michigan Nursing Action Coalition


There are three co-leads of the Michigan Nursing Action Coalition, Melanie Brim of the Michigan Health Council, Renee Branch Canady of the Michigan Public Health Institute, and Susan Moran, recently retired from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The Michigan Nursing Action Coalition is a team of both nurses and non-nurses dedicated to taking action to improve health and healthcare in the state of Michigan through nursing.  The Michigan Nursing Action Coalition is convened to advance the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the AARP Foundation.  

Melanie Brim, MHA

Melanie Brim currently serves as the President and CEO of the Michigan Health Council. She previously served as the Senior Deputy Director of the Public Health Administration/State Health Officer at the Michigan Department of Community Health. Melanie has worked in a variety of health care settings including acute care, long term care, community health care, mental health care and physician practice management. She also provided executive leadership for a federal planning grant to accelerate the transformation of health care delivery and payment systems in Michigan.

President & CEO, Michigan Health Council

Renée Branch Canady, PhD, MPA

Renée Branch Canady serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Public Health Institute; an academic, government, and research institute that strives to maximize positive health conditions in populations and communities through collaboration, scientific inquiry, and applied expertise. Canady earned a PhD in Medical Sociology from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Public Health Institute

Susan Moran MPH, RN

Sue Moran formerly served as the Senior Deputy Director of the Population Health

Administration for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, Sue

leads agency wide efforts to promote and protect the health of the all Michigan residents

through surveillance and response to health issues, prevention of illness and injury,

improvements in access to care, and promotion of health equity. Prior to her appointment as Senior Deputy Director, Sue served as the Director of the Bureau of Medicaid Program Operations and Quality Assurance for the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Deputy Director, Population Health and Community Services Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

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The Executive Team consists of Action Coalition Co-leads, Team Leaders, and Public Health

Ericka Brunson-Gillespie DNP, RN, AGACNP-BC

Ericka is an Interventional Radiology Registered Nurse at University of Michigan Health System.


Jonnie Hamilton DNP, PNP-BC, NE-BC

Jonnie works as the manager for Ascension St John Community Health School Based Health Centers.


Karen Kafantaris, B.S.

Karen brings educational events on housing and mobility to communities across the state, helping individuals remain in their own homes and safely maintain their mobility allowing them to retain their independence.

AARP Representative

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The Michigan Nursing Action Coalition is co-lead by the Michigan Health Council and the Michigan Public Health Institute. The Michigan Health Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a culture of health with health professionals at the heart of the delivery system.

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