Chris Allen, MHSA, FACHE is a dynamic member of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan’s Board of Directors and a member of the Founders’ Circle. Recently retired, for 42 years Allen served in healthcare administration. For the past 14 years he was President and CEO of Authority Health, the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority, which enhances population health through linking existing health resources and filling gaps with programs and services. During his tenure at Authority Health, he drastically increased its programming for underserved residents. At Authority Health physicians were trained in the following ares: pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, and psychiatry. Allen is also Chairman of the Board of the Bon Secours Health System.
Chris Allen got involved with the Catholic Foundation because he believes in its mission and how it is well-positioned to support creative evangelization efforts and innovative, collaborative programming to positively impact our community. He was especially inspired by the Foundation’s competitive granting program which annually funds projects for Catholic education and formation, parish life, and social outreach.
Allen grew up at Annunciation Parish in Detroit, where his parents were very active. His mother lived into her 90s and even in the last years of her life she served on the Annunciation/Our Lady of Sorrows parish council. His parents provided an example and gave him a drive to be of service in his career and in leadership with Catholic nonprofit organizations.
Allen recognizes that while many area suburban parishes are well-attended, urban parishes have been struggling. So the Church in the City Endowment grants, which support evangelization and parish ministries specifically in Detroit, are something he’s especially passionate about.
“Education in urban areas is key, especially for communities of color. These grants can extend the reach of the church where it is needed most,” Allen shared. “There is so much more we as a Catholic Church can do. The Foundation’s grants help to make that happen. When last year’s grants were awarded there was such a wonderful energy of appreciation and possibility in the room, so I’m eager to keep that going.”