Wave 12: September 2016 – March 2017
Strategy 1: Become a leading hub of advanced manufacturing
Katie Cangemi, Senior Program Officer, Community Health Initiatives, at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), leads BCBSIL’s community investment strategy and oversees grant-making, sponsorships, and partnerships to improve the health conditions and health access for Illinoisans living in low income communities throughout the state. Most recently, she launched a new investment initiative to direct resources to interventions that consider violence as a public health issue, address the social determinants of health that jeopardize community well-being and safety, and use approaches that foster resiliency.
Before joining BCBS, Katie served as the Director of Community Investment at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, where she oversaw a $9 million education portfolio. While there, she led work to launch a community school initiative within 32 middle schools across the metropolitan footprint and focus on early education as a foundation for future school success. Katie spent nearly 10 years with UWMC in various roles, largely in grant-making operations, where she aligned multiple strategic plans with business goals- totaling $25M in education, financial stability, and health community investments. Katie’s expertise is in health and human services and poverty research. As a qualitative researcher, for more than 4 years, Katie gathered and analyzed data for an intensive three-city research study, sponsored by Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University and Pennsylvania State University, on the well-being of children and families in the post-welfare era.
Katie has a Masters in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago and a BA in English and Psychology from Indiana University Bloomington. She sits on various boards and committees focused on social justice, racial equality, and positive youth and community development.