Reesa Webb

With JSI since 2001
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Reesa Webb

Project Director, Title X National Family Planning Training Center for Management and Systems Improvement

You’ve been with JSI for 15 years. What has kept you here for so long?

I enjoy the variety of work. So far in my career at JSI, I have worked with organizations ranging from small family planning clinics and community health centers to large insurance companies. I’ve worked in frontier areas and big cities. Each project that I’m a part of is different from the last, and I have learned so much from all of them.

How did you enter the health services field?

I got a master’s in biometry, so the first job I ever had was in health care research. However, I quickly figured out that I prefer the “people side” of health care more than the research side. I get energized through interactions with others and felt that I could be more effective if I focused on facilitating health care services.

Reesa with her family.

Reesa with her family.

What else do you enjoy about your current role at JSI?

Well, my “role” depends on what project I am working on. I particularly enjoy my role as the project director for the Title X National Family Planning Training Center for Management and Systems Improvement. Reproductive health services often have a huge impact on a person’s future, so I’ve dedicated my career to providing reproductive health services to people who may not have otherwise been supported.

The project that I am working on helps Title X-funded agencies become more sustainable by giving them the capacity to provide family planning services to low-income populations.

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Reesa with her friends.

What is one of the most interesting things that you’ve been a part at JSI?

I once worked with a community health center in Alaska. That project was particularly interesting because I was shocked to see how people could do so much with so little. The board members each worked at least three different jobs but dedicated all their extra time to volunteer at the clinic. The clinic itself served a number of individuals living off the grid and in addition to health care, provided clients with running water, showers, and fresh food. The board members and the staff were so devoted to improving the lives of everyone in the community and I was happy to help them create a plan to ensure a viable future.

What do you like to do outside work?

I like to hike. I love to eat (but I do a lot of that in the context of work)! Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my family. I am very fortunate that my parents are still around and healthy. I try to spend as much time as possible with them.

A Project to Remember

About five years ago, I worked on a project in Nashville to help the city’s safety net hospital  become more sustainable. I got to work with a variety of people, ranging from the underserved population at hand to the individuals who ran Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).

Nashville is known as a hotbed for entrepreneurs and is the city where HCA first came into being. The senior management of HCA were part of the advisory group for the project. There were so many interesting dynamics. The safety net hospital was staffed with residents from Meharry, one of the first black medical schools in the U.S., and Meharry was dependent on the hospital to teach its residents. The city “fathers” were therefore willing to do whatever necessary to make sure that Meharry was not negatively affected.

Getting the for-profit and nonprofit worlds to agree was a wonderful learning experience and we used the knowledge of both to produce a plan of action with positive outcomes.

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