Mike Dover, CEO of the Variety Care Foundation, has dedicated his life to working and teaching within the field of social work. For the past 27 years, Mike has been charged with overseeing and running the Oklahoma’s Variety Health Center, which manages health clinics that serve the uninsured communities in Oklahoma City, Del City, Tipton, and Fort Cobb.
Under Mike’s leadership, two non-profits, the Variety Health Center and Oklahoma Community Health Services, joined, forming one non-profit organization entitled the Variety Care Foundation. Within the Variety Care Foundation, Mike acquires the funds needed to provide medical care to the community. In addition to leading the center and fundraising, Mike also works alongside lawmakers to create and change policy so that it may better serve the uninsured Oklahoman communities. Regarding his work, Mike has said, “I went into social work to help an underdeveloped community…What I decided was with my interest in policy, I wanted to impact systems and institutions, and helping at that level has turned out to be my niche.”
Mike feels a personal impact from the health services he oversees. Growing up in St. Louis in a family with no health coverage, Mike remembers using the emergency room as his primary source of medical care. Mike believes his experience with medical care as a child helped shape his values and goal of advocating for those without medical coverage, and who “too often are not heard.” Mike feels passionately that all people should have access to appropriate, affordable health care, regardless of the situation. Mike believes in the dignity and worth of people.
In Mike’s family time, he enjoys collecting antiques with his wife, Rosanne. Mike and Rosanne’s children are grown and out of the home, but they love to spend time with their 6-year-old grandson, Riley, and take him to the zoo or library. At this stage in his life, Mike feels joy and excitement that he has time to spend with Rosanne to “just be together.”
Mike’s life shows a dedication to social work values and ethics as he has advocated for and given a voice to people who have been unable to advocate for themselves.
Posted on Fri, July 14, 2017
by Laura Kent filed under