Health Leads Begins New Chapter as Alexandra Quinn Takes Helm

Health Leads Begins New Chapter as Alexandra Quinn Takes Helm

October 25, 2017

The Health Leads Board of Directors today announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer, Alexandra Quinn, to lead the national organization into its next phase of growth and impact. The news marks the beginning of an exciting chapter for Health Leads – a nonprofit social enterprise that has emerged as a leader in addressing social determinants of health within the American healthcare system. Quinn takes over as Acting CEO this week, as former CEO and Co-Founder, Rebecca Onie, and Health Leads President, Rocco Perla, step down from their roles. Onie and Perla will launch a new initiative in 2018 to advance the social determinants of health from a policy and advocacy platform.

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Health Leads Appoints Ken Himmelman to Lead Organizational Learning and Philanthropic Strategy

Health Leads Appoints Ken Himmelman to Lead Organizational Learning and Philanthropic Strategy

January 31, 2017

In order to field increasing interest and commitments from national and regional partners, Health Leads today announced the appointment of Ken Himmelman to the new position of Managing Principal of Development and Organizational Learning. In this role, Himmelman will lead the organization’s individual and institutional fundraising strategy, as well as a national learning team designed to advance Health Leads’ vision of a health system that addresses patients’ unmet social needs as a standard part of quality care.

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Key Health System Leaders Drive Social Needs and Health Equity Conversation at IHI National Forum

November 16, 2016

Together with its industry partners, executives from the social enterprise Health Leads will participate in four key sessions at the upcoming Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, to be held December 4-7 in Orlando, Fla.

“With an increased focus on unmet social needs and health equity on this year’s Forum agenda, one of the foremost global authorities on healthcare improvement is shining a much-needed spotlight on these key issues,” said Rocco Perla, Health Leads president and IHI Fellow.

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Health Leads Expands Leadership Team with Appointment of Dr. Damon Francis as Chief Medical Officer

Health Leads Expands Leadership Team with Appointment of Dr. Damon Francis as Chief Medical Officer

August 29, 2016

At the forefront of catalyzing the healthcare industry to address patients’ unmet social needs for more than 20 years, Health Leads today announced the appointment of Damon Francis, M.D. to the new position of chief medical officer.

Francis brings a range of experience working in clinics, hospitals and communities of care and a deep understanding of the health challenges facing the marginalized and those living in concentrated poverty. As health systems increasingly commit to addressing the social determinants of health, Francis’ perspective as a physician and public health practitioner will be crucial to Health Leads’ future strategy to ensure social needs interventions become a cornerstone of person-centered care.

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Health Leads Screening Toolkit Equips Providers to Take First Step in Addressing Patients’ Unmet Social Needs

Health Leads Screening Toolkit Equips Providers to Take First Step in Addressing  Patients’ Unmet Social Needs

July 13, 2016

First Screening Toolkit based on clinically-validated guidelines and range of patient-centered questions enable providers to gain critical insight into patients’ social needs like food, housing and utilities

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Health Leads President Rocco Perla Receives American Society for Quality’s Deming Medal

Health Leads President Rocco Perla Receives American Society for Quality’s Deming Medal

May 16, 2016

Health Leads President Rocco Perla has been awarded the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Deming Medal for his contributions to advancing the science of improvement across industry, academia and government worldwide. A healthcare industry veteran, Perla’s career is highlighted by achievements in public service, research and education around new models of care to increase value and improve patient health and well-being.

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University Hospitals and Health Leads Launch Multi-Year Partnership to Address Social Needs

University Hospitals and Health Leads Launch Multi-Year Partnership to Address Social Needs

March 17, 2016

Integrated healthcare delivery organization University Hospitals Health System (UH) in Cleveland and social enterprise Health Leads today launched a multi-year strategy to improve patient health by addressing social needs. Through Health Leads tools, technology and on-site direct services, the clinics are now equipped to connect patients to local resources – including food, utilities, transportation and insurance benefits – as a standard part of quality care.

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Former CMS Official Rocco Perla Joins Health Leads as President

Former CMS Official Rocco Perla Joins Health Leads as President

January 20, 2016

As Health Leads’ President, Perla will enable the fast-growing social enterprise to achieve its vision of a healthcare system that addresses social needs as a standard part of quality care – and continue to arm healthcare organizations with the tools and insights they need to connect patients to the community-based resources they need to be healthy.

Perla’s experience as a senior leader at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will also be critical as Health Leads supports provider organizations in the recently-launched Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Accountable Health Communities (AHC) funding opportunity.
As the healthcare sector expands its role and investment in addressing patients’ social needs, industry veteran Rocco Perla has joined Health Leads, a long-time leader in this field.

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