Priority Health behavioral health expert named a top leader by Crain’s Detroit Business

(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — May 22, 2023) Dr. Charletta Dennis, M.D., CCHP, medical director at Priority Health, a nationally recognized nonprofit health plan serving more than 1.3 million members, has been recognized as a “Notable Leader in Behavioral Health” by Crain’s Detroit Business.

The notable leaders program recognizes best-in-class executives across a range of industries making a difference in their jobs and in their communities.

“I am truly honored to receive this recognition and am proud to be part of such a dedicated and talented team of professionals,” Dennis said. “Supporting the field of behavioral health is one of my biggest passions, and I’m thankful to be part of an organization that is committed to providing access, education and resources to support Michiganders at every stage of their mental health journey.”

Since joining Priority Health in 2022, Dennis has served as the main psychiatrist on staff. During this time, she has conducted peer reviews to determine the appropriate level of care for patients and has played a vital role in increasing access to mental health services statewide. Her role is critical in ensuring Priority Health members are receiving the right care, at the right place and at the right time.

“Dr. Dennis is a tremendous asset to her team, our organization and our members,” said Dr. James Forshee, MD, MBA, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Priority Health. “She leads by example and fosters an environment of care and compassion in her daily work. Priority Health is excited she is being recognized for her deep compassion for the mental wellness of our communities.”

In 2022, Dennis released Anxiety Unmasked During the COVID-19 Pandemic, A Global Mental Health Concern, published by Kindle Direct Publishing. The book helps those with anxiety challenges deal with their fears related to the pandemic.

Dennis received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Psychiatry at Wayne State University/Henry Ford Health System. She completed her Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship training at the University of Michigan and the Center for Forensic Psychiatry. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. She is also certified in Correctional Health Care by the National Commission of Correctional Health Care.

About Priority Health:

With over 30 years in business, Priority Health is the second largest health plan in Michigan, offering an extensive portfolio of health benefits options for employer groups and individuals, including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Serving more than 1.3 million members each year and offering a broad network of primary care physicians in Michigan, Priority Health continues to be recognized as a leader for quality, customer service, transparency and product innovation. Learn more about affordable, quality health coverage options from Priority Health