Carol Rogers, Healthy Philadelphia Executive Director,  has been a leading health advocate in Philadelphia for more than 25 years. Since 1980, she has worked as a physician assistant and health educator for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. For 18 years, Rogers worked as a clinician in the City’s health center for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. She spearheaded a groundbreaking initiative to promote and distribute the female condom. This initiative, which went on to serve as an international model, was unique in harnessing the energy and credibility of such community partners as grassroots leaders, health care providers, teachers, youth groups, church groups and individuals in every neighborhood in Philadelphia. In the late 1980s, as an activist in her union, AFSCME Local 2187, DC 47, Rogers waged a successful campaign to save the City’s eight health care centers. The campaign resulted in continued funding and legislation protecting health centers from closing and privatization. More recently, Rogers has coordinated efforts to respond to a voter mandated Home Rule Charter change directing the health department to develop “a plan for universal health care that permits everyone in the City to obtain decent health care.”

Rogers received her education as a Licensed Practical Nurse through the School District of Philadelphia in 1971, and received her degree as a Physician Assistant from the former Hahnemann University School of Allied Health Professions in 1977. Rogers has been a member of the Philadelphia Women’s Health Collective, Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), the Philadelphia Reproductive Rights Organization, Women Against Sterilization Abuse, and has served on the boards of The Greater Philadelphia Women’s Medical Fund, Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center for Women, AFSCME Local 2187 Executive Board and the Maternity Care Coalition.


Chantelle Bateman, Project Coordinator, Healthy Philadelphia is a mother, organizer, artist, and Marine Corps veteran currently residing in Philadelphia, PA. Chantelle has appeared as a guest on MSNBC’s Mellissa Harris-Perry Show and plenary panelist for the 2010 US Social Forum, as well as giving public orations at colleges and universities across the country, sharing her personal and professional experiences and speaking out against injustices at home and around the world. Her creative works have been featured at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago and published in anthologies such as “Warrior Writer’s: After Action Review”. As a member and organizer with a variety of community groups, Chantelle is focused on working to empower members of her community to engage in processes of healing and transformation. She is a 2014 IVAW International Solidarity Fellow, formers board member of the Washington Peace Center, and advisor for the Vermont Workers Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign. Ms. Bateman’s approach to change is rooted in the Ella Baker tradition of grassroots leadership development and transformative justice organizing. Chantelle has joined the Healthy Philadelphia team to offer her expertise in project management, outreach, and community engagement to help expand access to quality healthcare for all.