Crystal Pirtle Tyler: Chief Executive Officer

Crystal Tyler

Chicago, IL – Health equity leader Crystal Pirtle Tyler has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI), an organization dedicated to advancing health equity and improved health outcomes for underserved communities and communities of color in Illinois as well as across the country.

Pirtle Tyler is a recognized national thought leader in advancing reproductive and maternal health equity. Most recently, as Chief Health Officer at Rhia Ventures, she led organizational strategy and programming that centers on the reproductive health needs of those most affected by systemic inequity.

Previously, as Executive Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health at the University of Chicago, her leadership was focused on research and programs that advance the health and well-being of BIPOC adolescents and other underserved communities in Chicago and beyond. She has also served as Director of the Michigan Public Health Institute Center for Child and Family Health and as an Epidemiologist in the Division of Reproductive Health at the CDC.

For over 20 years, the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) has served as a convener of systems transformation initiatives, a policy and practice thought leader, an advocate for improved health policy, and a resource, trainer, capacity builder, and technical assistance provider for communities across Illinois and beyond.

Since its inception, IPHI has recognized public health as a multi-sector issue that requires the united effort of stakeholders in a healthy population to advance health equity and improved health outcomes for people and communities. This perspective affords IPHI a wide range of topical areas to work on - from housing and homelessness to data systems that support health and human services, to fostering partnerships for improving the quality of school meals while supporting local farm economies. For more information, visit