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Estrelitta Harmon

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Estrelitta Harmon leads the Center for Better Aging with a vision to transform health outcomes and reduce disparities for older adults on Chicago’s South Side. A proud South Side resident, Estrelitta is committed to bringing positive change to the community where she lives and raises her family.

With over a decade of experience as an accomplished leader in public health, Estrelitta brings personal knowledge and professional expertise to her CBA role. As Chief of the Division of Grants Management and Administration at the Illinois Department of Public Health, she raised standards, compliance, and quality for all Public Health grant programs, launching an electronic grant management program and implementing the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act. Estrelitta served as the Project Director for Get Covered Illinois, leading the In-Person Counselor program, managing more than $250 million in awards across multiple years, and ensuring excellence in service delivery.

Prior to her joining CBA, Estrelitta held roles as a Senior Consultant at Health Management Associates and an independent consultant championing transformative projects to address healthcare workforce shortages, promote health equity, and implement Lean Six Sigma and Quality Improvement methodologies to drive operational excellence. Her strategic thinking and ability to foster collaboration among diverse stakeholders have been instrumental in achieving measurable impact in the communities she serves.

Estrelitta holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is deeply devoted to results-driven leadership. Her exceptional communication skills make her a dynamic and influential leader of high-performing teams in the field of aging services. She finds inspiration in creativity and harmony both at work and in a music-filled home with her husband and two children. Under her guidance, CBA thrives as a beacon of hope and support for older adults, empowering them to age with independence, dignity, and vitality.