ANTHONY GOODWIN, National Co+op Grocers

As a young leader in public health, Anthony Goodwin, Business Innovation Director at National Co+op Grocers, has dedicated his career to improving the lives of others. His work has focused on addressing the social determinants of health to improve the health and well-being of the community.

Goodwin joined National Co+op Grocers (NCG), a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States, in September of this year. Prior to NCG, he was Director of Resourceful & Market Solutions at ProMedica where he was responsible for the product development and commercialization of digital health and well-being solutions.

As past director in the 15th largest non-profit healthcare system in the US, he has worked locally and nationally to reduce health disparities in the country. A few key highlights have been the development of three non-profit grocery stores in Ohio and Michigan to eliminate food deserts in low-income communities, allowing thousands of people access to healthy and affordable food in the community; and developing job training programs to offer workforce development and living wage jobs to the community.

Goodwin is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in public health with a research focus on the food environment, health disparities, and racial equity. He plans to graduate in 2024 and then secure a position as a professor to educate future generations of public health professionals. Goodwin serves the community in a range of ways, including as an Engage Toledo ambassador; on the board of the Toledo Public Schools Foundation; and as a committee member for the V-Project; among others.