Janel Brakke Payne, Manager – Community Initiatives

Janel Brakke-PayneJanel Brakke Payne has more than 18 years of public health experience in developing and implementing projects that support community-based policy, systems and environmental change strategies. This includes community funding programs aimed at increasing physical activity and healthy eating, and decreasing tobacco use, with a focus on increasing health equity.

As manager of Community Health and Health Equity Initiatives, she focuses on the strategy and execution of the Center’s cross-cutting programs. This includes  the early childhood, K-12, community and health care transformation, and health equity in all policies initiatives. Most recently she has worked to operationalize equity and inclusion principles and practices into daily management and operations of the Center’s work. Brakke Payne’s career includes numerous accomplishments as a health educator and promoter for organizations in Minnesota and Iowa.

She received her B.S. in dietetics from Iowa State University and her M.A. in community health education from the University of Northern Iowa.

  • Making Healthy Choices Possible for All Minnesotans

    The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota tackles the leading causes of preventable disease -- tobacco use, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating -- to increase health equity, transform communities and create a healthier state.