Profile: Anthony Munroe '01
Anthony Munroe '01 is on a mission to bring quality
affordable health care to people who need it most
E. Munroe talks about his work with the fervor of an artist
is my ministry," says Munroe, a 2001 graduate of the
Executive Master's Program and president and CEO of
one of the nation's largest community health-care centers.
"It's not a 9-to-5 job for me. It is part of
who and what I am."
because Munroe, who once thought he'd become a doctor,
constantly reminds himself and his colleagues about the true
nature of their work. Even though the Miami-based Economic
Opportunity Family Health Center handles more than 130,000
patient visits each year, Munroe has not forgotten that each
of those visits involves a person in need.
health care, all the statistics represent people," says
the 38-year-old executive. "I emphasize to my staff that
they can't just look at the numbers. These are lives —
people, children, unborn children. To realize that we're doing
something to help these human lives is an awesome feeling."
on Munroe's patient list include many who might otherwise
fall through the social safety net, including illegal immigrants,
the homeless and the uninsured. The organization provides
medical, dental, mental, substance abuse and social services
to about 30,000 Miami-Dade residents each year, regardless
of their ability to pay.
assuming the reins of EOFHC five years ago, Munroe has expanded
the number of EOFHC permanent health-care sites from 13 to
17, opening newer facilities in underserved areas. He has
also placed nurses and other health services within Miami
public schools, and he has forged partnerships between local
colleges to train more nurses for the minority community.
wide-ranging innovation, however, has been the creation of
teams of mobile health-care units to seek out the Miami residents
least likely to get themselves to a doctor.
found one man who had had surgery years ago, and he had an
item left inside him," Munroe recalls. "He was
unemployed and homeless, and he'd never been back to
the doctor. He had an infection and was in terrible pain.
We referred him to one of our medical facilities, and he got
the item removed. He's doing fine now, but thank goodness
he found us."
is no stranger to the front lines of public health. As a teenager
he worked as an emergency-room volunteer at a local hospital.
His mother, a nurse, and other family members who worked in
health care encouraged his interest in the field.
always knew I wanted to help people in whatever way I could,"
he says. "I toyed with the idea of becoming a physician,
but then I realized that I really enjoyed the financial side
of health care — the numbers, the strategy, the planning."
then, Munroe has held executive-level positions in some of
the nation's most prestigious academic centers. He
has worked as director of community health promotion for the
DeKalb County Board of Health in suburban Atlanta, and as
executive director of family health services for the New York
City Department of Health. He holds a master's degree
in public health from Columbia University and is pursuing
a doctorate of science from the Tulane University School of
Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
achievements were recognized earlier this year by the American
College for Healthcare Executives, which named him the 2003
winner of its Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award. The prestigious
national award recognizes an under-40 health-care executive
for demonstrated leadership, motivation, innovation and creativity.
points to Kellogg for giving him the tools to tackle the most
pressing issues in his field.
of our challenges are very, very daunting, and many of my
Kellogg classes remain particularly timely and relevant,"
Munroe says. "It's certainly not all theory