Community Healthcare Network

Press Release

New CHN Board Members


October 1, 2021

Contact: Erin Verrier [email protected]; 917-636-0884

Community Healthcare Network (CHN), a network of 14 federally qualified health centers for over 80,000 patients in New York City, celebrates three newly elected members to the CHN Board.

A returning Board member, Dr. Roger Platt recently stepped down as New York City’s Director of School Health, a joint position at the City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Department of Education. An internist, Dr. Platt completed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and led the Mount Sinai Community Practice Network before turning to public service. Today, Dr. Platt will serve as an advisor for CHN’s school health initiatives. CHN currently implements two school-based health centers, one in Washington Heights, other on the Lower East Side, Manhattan.

Edwidge J. Thomas, DNP, joins the CHN board with experience as a leader for Mount Sinai’s Performing Provider System (PPS), part of New York State’s five-year program to modernize the Medicaid delivery system. Thomas fervently advocated for the recognition of community-based care as essential to a high functioning health system. With a doctorate in advanced practice nursing, and a master’s degree in epidemiology, Thomas was a founding member of the first independent Nurse Practitioner primary care practice at Columbia University School of Nursing. In addition, she has activated a mobile health program to bring primary care services to recent immigrant and foster care youth. Dr. Thomas currently serves as the Vice President of Clinical Solutions at Northwell Health.

Curtis D. Young, a New York City based Nonprofit Executive and Community Leader, currently serves as Executive Director for Artistic Noise, a nonprofit organization that “brings the freedom and power of artistic practice to young people who are incarcerated.” Additionally, Young serves on the Manhattan Community Board 12 in Northern Manhattan. Throughout the course of his career, Young has been honored by the New York State Legislature for his civic engagement as an LGBTQ+ community leader, and by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer for his contributions to the African American community in the city of New York.

About Community Healthcare Network
Community Healthcare Network, otherwise known as CHN, is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) that provides critical access to primary care, dental, nutrition, behavioral health, and social services for 80,000 individuals annually in New York City. Across its 14 health centers, CHN cares for individuals of all ages, regardless of ability to pay.

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