Tower Health Names Dickson as VP of Diversity, Equity

WEST READING PA – Desha Dickson, who helped initiate the Tower Health street medicine program that provides medical care to homeless individuals in Pottstown and elsewhere, has been named as the health care system’s vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion and community wellness, it said Wednesday (June 15, 2022).

Dickson most recently served as associate vice president of community wellness at Tower Health’s Reading Hospital.

In her new role, it said, Dickson will serve as the system’s organizational leader to drive development, implementation, and integration of best practices and resources to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural proficiency. She also continues to be responsible for initiatives with community partners to improve community health.

Under Dickson’s earlier leadership and guidance, Reading Hospital received a $4.5 million federal grant to identify and address social determinants of health by creating a “hub” that bridges the gap between Medicare and Medicaid patients’ clinical and social service needs. She also has created programs to provide local students with educational opportunities in health care.

Before joining Reading Hospital, Dickson worked at United Way of Greater High Point NC, where she was the vice president of community impact. She received her master’s degree in nonprofit management from Eastern University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from West Chester University.

Dickson photo provided by Tower Health