The District’s leading health care, non-profit, community organization’s chair of the board of directors announced recently that a new day-today leader had been selected.
Dr. Rhonique Shields-Harris, the chairman of the board of the District of Columbia Primary Care Association in Northwest-a non-profit, health equity actions and advocacy organization-announced on Thursday, May 9 that Jacqueline D. Bowens will be their new chief executive officer, starting June 5. Shields-Harris said that Bowens’ experience made the difference in the nationwide search for the successor to Sharon Baskerville, DCPCA’s founder.
“The board of directors is delighted to have someone of Jacqueline Bowens’ experience and caliber following an extensive review of candidates,” Shields-Harris said. “Bowens’ proven health care expertise and management skills across the range of senior executive roles make her an excellent CEO candidate and highly qualified to take the organization forward. The board looks forward to continuing to work with Ms. Bowens to build on the strong commitment that has been created over the past 16 years.”
DCPCA works to see that health care providers and advocates such as Bread for the City, Mary’s Center, and SOME (So Others Might Eat), all located in Northwest, receive funding and support from public and private entities. The organization was founded in 1996 by a group of D.C. residents concerned about health care delivery and equity in the city.
Bowens has worked as an executive at the Children’s National Medical Center in Northwest and has Capitol Hill experience. She has served on the board of directors of such organizations as the D.C. Hospital Association and Leadership Greater Washington and is the former president of Women in Government Relations.
Bowens is looking forward to her new job. “I am honored and thankful to the board of directors for the opportunity to lead this remarkable organization in this rapidly evolving health care environment,” she said. “DCPCA’s leadership on behalf of patient equity for the poor and underserved in our community is unmatched. I look forward to working together with the board, our members, public and private sector partners and other community advocates to further build upon that success.”