Health nonprofit appoints executive director


Micah Foster. Courtesy Grand Rapids African American Health Institute

A local organization focused on the health of African-Americans has a new leader.

Micah Foster took the role for the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute, or GRAAHI, last month, having served as the nonprofit’s education coordinator since May 2018.

In the role, Foster is responsible for creating a strong foundation and driving a larger vision for donor engagement, program expansion and community connection.

He previously worked with post-operative orthopedic patients at Motion Technologies, where he ensured proper fitting in range-of-motion machines, braces and cryo-therapy equipment.

He holds a B.S. from Grand Valley State University and an M.S. from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

Foster is taking the place of Shannon Wilson, who left after eight years to be director of Medicaid outreach and quality at Priority Health, the health insurance company owned by Spectrum Health.

“This change of leadership comes as we prepare to take the next steps in the evolution of the institute,” said Paul Doyle, board chair, GRAAHI. “We believe Micah will lead us through an exciting stage of growth, as we expand our scope of work and deepen our engagement with the community.”

Foster said he plans to launch new initiatives in health care education and expand the organization’s advocacy programming in 2019.

“The organization is poised to really enhance its vision and build on the tremendous momentum of the past eight years,” Foster said.


Established in 2002, the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute focuses on educating the African-American community on health and resources, collecting and reporting health data and promoting education and change in public health policy.

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