Director of Nursing Services and Clinical Team Development
Clinica Family Health
Malia Davis, M.S.N., R.N., has spent her entire career focused on helping people, especially historically marginalized populations, overcome challenges to improve their health and well-being. She is the Director of Nursing Services and Clinical Team Development at Clinica Family Health, an organization providing integrated primary care health services to more than 42000 low-income and underserved persons in Adams and Boulder County, Colorado. Malia is currently part of a leaderhsip team focusing on innovation within community health primary care delivery models that utilize nurses as care partners for primary care visits. These models can improve timely access to primary care while maintianing balance and sustainablility for care providers and care teams responsible for serving a growing population in need. Before joining her team at Clinica, she worked as the Clinical Services Director at Stout Street Clinic in Denver, Colorado, an organization dedicated to comprehensive health care for the homeless. In this role, she provided leadership to the clinical teams and championed clinic process improvements. She managed HRSA medical quality measures, Title X grant oversight, and the medical peer review process. In addition to her administrative duties at Stout Street, she provided direct medical care to homeless individuals for more than a decade. Malia also served as Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale University School of Nursing while pursuing her Master's in Nursing. In her roles at Clinica and Stout Street, Malia developed several specific areas of primary care-related interests and expertise, including care for transgendered persons; domestic violence prevention within gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities; and improved access to effective and long-acting contraception in underserved populations. She has presented and trained on these topics and served on the HealthTeamWorks Committee for contraception guidelines, which have been widely distributed to community health practices throughout Colorado. Prior to her nursing career, Malia worked for the Colorado Outward Bound School as a wilderness instructor and course director for six years. It was through this arduous but deeply rewarding work that Malia discovered her deep interest in and understanding of the human capacity to face adversity and challenge, to heal and survive, and to strengthen and change. Malia's journey into nursing and health care is driven by this fundamental belief that positive change is possible for everyone. This deeply held understanding continues to manifest in her commitment to improving patient care in the community health setting. Malia earned her master's degree in nursing at Yale School of Nursing and her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Women's Studies at The Colorado College. She was awarded a Yale School of Nursing Dean's Leadership Scholarship and was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau honor society for nursing. She recieved a Yale School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna Award in 2014.