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Washtenaw United: Healthy Youth And Healthy Futures At The Corner Health Center In Ypsilanti

Lisa Barry
89.1 WEMU

Access to health care at a young age can prove difficult sometimes.  Fortunately, the Corner Health Center makes it possible in a high-quality, judgement-free environment.  The center's executive director, Versell Smith, Jr., joins WEMU's David Fair for a conversation about what the center is all about in this week's "Washtenaw United."

WEMU has partnered with the United Way of Washtenaw Countyto explore the people, organizations, and institutions creating opportunity and equity in our area.  And, as part of this ongoing series, you’ll also hear from the people benefiting and growing from the investments being made in the areas of our community where there are gaps in available services.  It is a community voice.  It is 'Washtenaw United.'

Credit Corner Health Center / www.cornerhealth.org
Versell Smith, Jr., executive director of the Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti


Versell Smith, Jr. is a native Ann Arborite, and a graduate of the University of Michigan.  With over 15 years of experience working in fund advancement, governance, and board development in the nonprofit sector, Versell has cultivated a broad, working knowledge of the strategic planning process in multiple disciplines.

Versell’s career began in the corporate sector, where he held leadership roles in the Oil & Gas, Accounting, and Legal industries.  In his current role as Executive Director for the Corner Health Center, Versell combines his leadership competencies with his nonprofit governance experience, to help ensure his organization remains stable and is effectively managed. 

Through his experience serving on multiple boards, committees and councils over the last 20 years, Versell has gained clear insight and deep understanding of the many strategic planning challenges and opportunities that nonprofits grapple with on an ongoing basis.

Versell is passionate about the outstanding work that is being done in Washtenaw County and is deeply committed to ensuring that nonprofits respect and support diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in their strategic planning process.  Through the DEI lens, nonprofits will strengthen their organizations’ effectiveness; thereby building an intentionally vibrant community.


The Corner’s mission is to provide judgement-free, high-quality, affordable health services to young people aged 12 through 25.


Corner Health Center

Corner Health Center FY18 Annual Report

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