Erica Plybeah

Health | TN, United States

2022 Healthy Communities Fellow


Erica Plybeah is a social justice innovator who dismantles the barriers that exist between the people who need care and the places where services exist. She grew up in the Mississippi Delta where she observed extreme poverty, ill health and needless suffering, which fed her passion for ensuring all people have the freedom to participate in their own care. Using technology and lived experiences of the community, Erica founded MedHaul, a technology-driven Benefit Corporation that connects vulnerable patients to vital transportation resources. As she continues to build MedHaul, Erica tirelessly strives to include the voices and experiences of the underprivileged, the elderly, those in rural communities or who have physical or mental disabilities; groups who have been left out of conversations when technology or advanced solutions are developed.Inspired by the legacy of her grandmother, Mary Lou Steele, and the resilience of the persevering people from the Mississippi Delta, Erica is determined to create a future where patient empowerment removes the barriers to quality care for everyone in the Deep South.