Excellus names Simone E. Edwards as new vice president

Simone Edwards

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recently announced the appointment of Simone E. Edwards as vice president health equity and community investments, reinforcing the health plan’s commitment to a more equitable and inclusive health care landscape for all.

“We are excited to have Dr. Edwards join our team and believe that her unique perspective and strategic vision will help drive positive change within our organization,” said physician Lisa Harris, senior vice president, corporate medical director at Excellus BCBS. “We look forward to working with Dr. Edwards to reinforce our dedication to high-quality care, reducing health disparities and making a difference in the lives of our members and the community.”

Edwards acquired her bachelor’s degree in biology from Stony Brook University and her master’s and doctorate degrees in public health from New York Medical College. She received a certificate in leadership development to advance equity in health care from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Edwards has dedicated over 15 years in the healthcare field to advance the health and well-being of the underserved population.

Dr. Edwards will play a pivotal role in advancing the health plan’s mission to promote health equity, cultural sensitivity and community health. As vice president health equity and community investments, she will lead the development and implementation of innovative strategies to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity within the community. She’ll also establish partnerships with community organizations, health care providers, and stakeholders to drive impactful initiatives, and collaborate with internal teams to integrate health equity principles into the health plan’s products, services, and operations.

“Health equity means everyone has a fair chance at living the healthiest life possible. It is also key to building a vital and thriving society. I look forward to taking a community-driven approach to engage and invest in activities that promote equity and ultimately member and community health,” said Edwards.

She lives in Rochester and enjoys traveling.