Navigating to Access Health Care

Navigating to Access Health Care

PDF of Navigating to Access health Care from the December 11, 2014 Conference –

“The Business Case for Community Health Workers: Employers & the Affordable Care Act”
Presented by: Darcy Cobbs-Lomax

Darcy Cobbs-Lomax, MPH

“Leadership is a privilege afforded to those who often do not readily seek it but approach life with a passion that fuels them to champion concerns or tasks that are placed before them.”Growing up in Bridgeport, CT, gave Darcey Lynn Cobbs-Lomax an early exposure to health inequities across populations and generations. She saw how health insurance did not equal access to care nor did it translate into quality of care.

Cobbs-Lomax earned her bachelor’s degree in French and finance from Florida State University, an MBA from Georgia State University and her MPH at Walden University in Minnesota. While working at a small clinic in the South Bronx, NY, she had many eye-opening experiences through interaction with the poor immigrant population in that community. “Seeing the healthcare world through a patient’s eyes charted the course for my career,” she says. Darcey has worked with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation at Harlem Hospital Center as an Administrator in their Infectious Disease Clinic where she oversaw Ryan White funded programs and as the Director of Elderly Services for the City of New Haven. Currently she is Executive Director of Project Access of New Haven, a nonprofit organization with the vision of being ‘the community champion for access to care for those most in need.’ She is a 2014 Graduate of the Connecticut Health Foundation Leadership Fellows Program and currently is serving as a Senior Fellow with the program for the 2015 class.

She serves on several community boards and volunteers at her church, but what she enjoys most is caring for and spending time with her husband and children.

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