Irene Taranhike is committed to building capacity for community and system change. She is the Chronic Disease Coordinator at St. Louis County Department of Public Health. She is charged with advancing efforts in preventing and managing diabetes, heart disease, and stroke in the St. Louis Promise Zone. A high burdened, under-resourced community with disproportionate health outcomes. Her role serves as part of an Alliance of local partners who have come together to focus on optimizing health status in the community. These efforts are guided by a specialized attention to the influence of trauma and social determinants as well as employing racial and health equity approaches.
Irene also serves as a Board Member of Sherwood Forest and a member of the Strategic Planning task force. Sherwood Forest aids children from low-income communities of St. Louis to discover their full potential as productive citizens. Irene graduated from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis with a Masters in Public Health and volunteers as a field hockey coach in her spare time.