CHWs CHC’s use of CHWs

CHWs CHC’s use of CHWs

PDF of CHWs CHC’s use of CHWs from the December 11, 2014 Conference
“The Business Case for Community Health Workers: Employers & the Affordable Care Act”
Presented by: Dr. Suzanne Lagarde

Suzanne Lagarde, MD MBA FACP

Dr. Lagarde currently serves as CEO of Fair Haven Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center providing comprehensive healthcare to over 15,000 residents of southern CT. Trained as a gastroenterologist, she was a founding member of CT Gastroenterology Consultants, a large private practice in southern CT where she worked for many years prior to her current position. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University and attending gastroenterologist at Yale New Haven Hospital. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in mathematics from Fordham University and obtained her medical degree from Cornell University. She acquired her MBA, specializing in Healthcare, from Yale University. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the New Haven County Medical Association and heads the Medical Advisory Board to the CT Colon Cancer Control Program. While in private practice, she spearheaded the creation of a program that provided free screening colonoscopy to the uninsured. Over three years (2010-2013), over 230 patients benefited from this program.

Dr. Lagarde is a founding member and immediate past president of Project Access-New Haven, a non-profit organization which provides access to specialty care for the uninsured in the greater New Haven area. For nearly 5 years she traveled quarterly to Biloxi MS where she provided free GI services to the patients of Coastal Family Health Services, a large Community Health Center on the Gulf Coast. She is the recipient of many awards for her community service, including Biloxi’s “Medical Volunteer of the Year” award in 2010.

Dr. Lagarde advocates for the underserved at both city and state levels. She serves on many key committees, including the Steering Committee of CT SIMs (State Innovation Model) charged with healthcare reform in the state of CT. She serves on the Council on Medical Assistance Program Oversight for the state of CT, the agency with direct oversight of the Medicaid Program in CT. She chairs the Medicaid Committee of the CT State Medical Society and serves on the Board of Directors of Community Health Network (CHN), the ASO for CT Medicaid.

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