Former PB resident leaves minority health post, joins Houston agency

Idonia L. Trotter, executive director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, will leave the agency Sept. 19 to lead a Houston-based program.

Trotter, formerly of Pine Bluff, has been named executive director of Gateway to Care, a non-profit health care collaborative, where she will begin Oct. 1

Trotter has been director of the minority health commission since 2009. In May 2009, Trotter became the first to complete a concurrent Master’s of Public Service and Juris Doctorate of Law degree program when she graduated from both the UA Clinton School of Public Service and the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law.

Trotter served as district field representative to former U.S. Congressman Jay W. Dickey (4th District of Arkansas) from 1993-2001.

Gateway to Care (GTC) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that each resident of the Harris County/Greater Houston area has access to affordable and accessible healthcare.

Under her leadership at the minority health commission, there has been an increased awareness of sickle cell disease, diabetes, health care workforce diversity, disproportionate life expectancy among minority Arkansans and the need for increased access to health insurance for underserved and underrepresented citizens of Arkansas.

Trotter has served for the past five years as the facilitator of the Arkansas Minority Health Consortium, an alliance of public health advocates, state agencies, non-profit and faith-based organizations united to increase awareness of minority health, community issues that impact health and to provide needed services to underserved/underrepresented citizens through collaboration.

Trotter is lauded for her leadership in bringing partners together to pass legislation in 2011 which provided statewide support services for sickle cell patients in Arkansas. Act 909 of 2011, laid the foundation in creating what is now the Adult Sickle Cell Clinical Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Trotter was at the forefront of the efforts in providing a voice for Arkansas’ grassroots communities into the Affordable Care Act debate in Arkansas.