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Two Senior Leaders Join Community Healthcare Network: (1) Chief Diversity and People Officer and (2) Chief Population Health Officer


October 25, 2021

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

New York, N.Y. – Community Healthcare Network (CHN), a New York City network of 14 federally qualified community health centers that serve over 80,000 patients per year, hired Chief Diversity and People Officer, Michelle Johnson, and Chief Population Health Officer, Dr. Dan Napolitano. Both positions are critical to CHN’s comprehensive approach to addressing health equity, racial equity, and the social determinants of health.

Ms. Johnson joins CHN as Chief Diversity and People Officer after 20 years of experience as a diversity, equity, and inclusion practitioner. Johnson is a practicing attorney, having worked in labor and employment law and human resources across multiple businesses, including the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, William Patterson University, and New York City’s Department of Education.

Her role at CHN will be at the forefront of CHN’s diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments, accompanied, as well, by executive-level leadership for CHN’s Human Resources Department.

“Michelle Johnson will help bring to Community Healthcare Network the robust anti-racism principles that we owe our staff and our patients,” said Robert M. Hayes, CHN’s president and CEO.

Dr. Dan Napolitano joins CHN as Chief Population Health Officer, establishing the newfound Population Health Department to set, measure, and meet improved health outcomes for patients and communities, maintaining a sharp focus on care management and the social determinants of health.

Previously, Dr. Napolitano served as Vice President of Population Health and Director of Inpatient Services for the Institute for Family Health/Mount Sinai Hospital System. Before that, until 2016, Dr. Napolitano was a family physician and Deputy Chief Medical Officer for CHN.

“I am excited to work again with Dr. Napolitano to improve health outcomes for our patients and for our communities” says Dr. Taisha Benjamin, CHN’s acting Chief Medical Officer.

Both positions are effective as of October 25.

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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Two Senior Leaders Join Community Healthcare Network: (1) Chief Diversity and People Officer and (2) Chief Population Health Officer

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