Jana Pruski-Clark

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Health equity champion Jana Pruski-Clark, in brief.

Jana Pruski-Clark

Home: Northern California.  Profession: Healthcare.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Alma mater: Mount Holyoke College (BA, Mathematics and Biological Sciences); University of Washington (MPH, Epidemiology); Sarah Lawrence College (MS, Human Genetics); Harvard Business School Online (certificates in Organizational Leadership and Power and Influence for Positive Impact).

Recent professional development: Becoming a mentor for the Growth Factory, a nonprofit pre-seed accelerator and accompanying venture fund on a mission to scale truly great companies in the Greater Sacramento region.  Latest accomplishment: Becoming a member of Chief, the only private membership network focused on connecting and supporting women executive leaders. What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Joining a startup as one of the first ten employees.  It was the best leap I ever took and it changed the trajectory of my career.  Recent travel or adventure: A new family travel strategy: Year of Concerts.  We go to any concert that any family member has wanted to attend (within reason!).  My favorites thus far have been We are nearing the end of that year and so far my favorite concerts have been Billy Joel and Imagine Dragons.  Recently viewed and recommended: Come From Away on Broadway - phenomenal!

Personality profile: Empathic, open, outgoing but introverted.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Trustworthy.  Moral compass: With age and experience, I have learned to trust my gut.  What is your greatest joy? My two daughters.  What is your guilty pleasure? Netflix.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Teachers. What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? On adventures, particularly travel, concerts and shows.  What is at the top of your bucket list? Bora Bora. What is your go-to workout? Peloton yoga and cycling.  

What was your first paying job? As a Server at Friendly’s.  What was your favorite college course? Medical Anthropology.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Photos of family and friends.  What is your go-to source of news and information? NPR.  What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Etsy.  

What change would you like to see in the world?

Greater health equity to ensure access to essential, culturally appropriate and quality care for all.

What widely held belief do you reject? That everything happens for a reason.  What mega-trend most excites you? Corporations giving back in a more substantial way.

As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A physician.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my family, eating good food, somewhere on the water.  What advice would you give your younger self? Relax. What day in your life would you choose to re-live? One day during each of my daughters’ first month of life.  I was too tired and anxious to be still and just enjoy those early days.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? College junior year - I wish that I had done a year abroad.

Personal mission: To improve health equity.  Personal motto: How you do anything is how you do everything.

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