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Tray E. Cockerell, MA, SPHR

Tray Cockerell works in the Health Equity and Community Engagement team at Humana leading Strategic Relationships. Mr. Cockerell’s current focus is to collaborate with the University of Houston to support the start-up of a new medical school and to help integrate the existing clinical colleges in an inter-professional model that leverages Humana’s clinical expertise and application of health equity, value-based care payment innovation, and integrated care delivery. Mr. Cockerell has expanded this work to additional universities in multiple geographies, including Florida and Tennessee, and he provides leadership to the recently launched Health Equity Innovation Hub at the University of Louisville.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Cockerell worked in Corporate Strategy, supporting transition efforts in the Office of the CEO. He worked with operational and functional leaders to streamline organizational efforts and establish metrics and reporting for key operational and strategic priorities.

During his twenty-plus year career at Humana, Mr. Cockerell has been responsible for leading Employee Relations, Associate Communications, Corporate Policy and Acquisition Integration, and he’s been a Human Resources Business Leader for all of Humana Corporate. He functioned as Chief of Staff for Marketing and Innovation before moving into a broad-based leadership role, working for the Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Cockerell also led start-up, strategy, and operations for Humana’s Bold Goal initiative: “To improve the health of the communities we serve by making it easy for people to achieve their best health.” Mr. Cockerell worked to bring market-based Humana assets, community partners, and clinical leadership into a more cohesive whole, delivering an integrated care model to consumers that improves population health and social determinants of health. Through this model, the Bold Goal has measurably improved the Healthy Days of the communities in which it operates.

A lifelong learner, Mr. Cockerell holds a Master’s Degree in English, with an emphasis on rhetoric and other effective communication models. He recently completed three terms (12 years) on the Greater Louisville YMCA Board of Directors, serving as Annual Campaign Chair for three of those years, exceeding fundraising goals every year by more than 10%. He also served on the Advisory Council of the Young Professionals Association of Louisville, where he mentored numerous up-and-coming professionals in the Louisville community.