Alethia is currently the Maternal and Child Health Director for the state of Michigan at the Michigan Department of Community Health. In this role, she is responsible for administering the more than 50 state programs and policies that support the health of women and children in the state through Michigan's public health infrastructure. She has been in state government for the past 20 years in various public health administrative capacities. She headed the Michigan WIC Program for nearly nine years as the WIC Director, which is the 8th largest WIC program in the country, serving more than 230,000 participants annually. Working in the public health sector for more than two decades, Alethia has collaborated with many grassroots efforts related to nutrition, health and access to healthy and affordable foods in urban areas. Her work in the public health arena continues to deepen her concern about the consistent health disparity that exists between black and white populations, especially in urban areas. This has led her to focus her current goals on raising awareness of the dearth of available, affordable and attractive stores that offer high quality fruits and vegetables in large urban areas. She considers this a community must have in order to ensure improved health and nutrition for all families.