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The University of Kentucky College of Public Health and the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program welcomes alum, Grayling Yarbrough, MHA ('12), to the first Executive Seminar Series of 2022.

Current UK MHA students get an exclusive opportunity to engage, network, and ask questions with highly qualified and experienced leaders who speak on current healthcare topics.

General conversation starts at 9am and the executive-student round table will begin at 10:15am.

Title of the discussion is "A Journey in Healthcare Leadership and Population Health: My Experience in Healthcare and how you can take it from class to the community."

  • Population Health: What is it in practice?
  • Healthcare Policy: Another way to receive policy and politics in healthcare
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Health disparities, policy, and the intersectionality of how population health helps us to lead through these challenges


Grayling Dwayne Yarbrough Jr. was proudly born and raised in Flint, Michigan and has a passion for population health, sports (Go Blue! #UMfootball & We Are UK! #BBN), and continuous personal and professional growth.

Grayling began his role as Senior Director of Banner Employer Solutions, a new service line in Banner Health in August of 2019. Grayling brings deep operational and strategic experience in population health management and alternative payment models across Hospitals, Provider Networks, and Provider Sponsored Health Plans. 

Having worked in leadership positions within Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) and Clinically Integrated Networks, Health System Strategy and Operations; and even starting a Provider Sponsored Health Plan, Grayling has developed a very unique skill set in Population Health.

Grayling was a part of founding a Provider Sponsored Health Plan that provides both Medicare Advantage and Commercial products. He also started and led a Medicare ACO that operated across three states and achieved shared savings.  Additionally, he has had the opportunity to work with major commercial payers on fee for value-based reimbursement in both metropolitan and rural communities.

Grayling has an MHA degree from the University of Kentucky and a BA from Eastern Michigan University.  He is an active member of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).  It is this connection to NAHSE where he learned of the impact of diversity in the workplace and these insights are just part of the contribution he hopes to bring to the African/Black American Team Member Resource Group.

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Maureen Jones
Program Director of the Master of Health Administration Program, Associate Professor