Suzanne Obiorah

Executive Director- Somerset West Community Health Centre

Suzanne Obiorah is a dedicated advocate for health equity with extensive senior leadership experience in the health, social services and municipal government sectors. With a wealth of senior leadership experience, she has dedicated her career to ensuring that health programs and services are accessible, culturally competent, and most importantly, reflective of the diverse communities they are meant to serve. She served as the Director of Gender and Race Equity, Inclusion, Indigenous Relations, and Social Development for the City of Ottawa, overseeing the allocation of $30 million dollars funding to the social services sector and leading the development of the city’s first Anti-Racism Strategy. Suzanne’s unwavering dedication to upstream interventions, secured funding for community programming and infrastructure in priority neighborhoods, particularly benefiting racialized youth. In the constant pursuit of transformative and inclusive healthcare, Suzanne has actively shaped discussions on health system reform at regional and provincial levels, advocating tirelessly for the integration of health equity principles in the planning, with a focus on responsive health care for Black, racialized and newcomer communities.

Suzanne has Bachelors Degree in Applied Sciences from Toronto Metropolitan University and a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on Health Management from St. Mary’s University. She brings not only her expertise but also her unwavering commitment to driving systemic and structural change.