We are excited to announce that Tracy Macdonald Mendez, MPH, MPP will be the new Executive Director of the California School-Based Health Alliance (CSHA) starting November 26, 2018.
Tracy has a long, rich history of working in school-based health centers (SBHCs) dating back to 1996. With over 25 years of public health experience, she has held numerous managerial and leadership positions in SBHCs, adolescent health, community health centers, health policy, and the health care safety net. She spent over 16 years as an operations manager and director at La Clínica de La Raza, the Bay Area’s largest federally-qualified health center (FQHC) and one of the state’s leaders in providing school-based health care.
With her demonstrated commitment to school health and her deep knowledge of SBHC and FQHC operations and financing, Tracy is well positioned to lead CSHA’s mission to put health care in schools. She cares deeply about the experience of on-the-ground providers and the role CSHA plays in supporting them and the growing school-based health care movement.
Tracy’s vision for expanding school-based health care is driven by her dedication to health equity and social justice. Her leadership and focus on reducing health and education disparities will help CSHA serve the field and support children and youth across the state, particularly those living in underserved areas of California where access to care is needed most.
We invite you to join us in welcoming Tracy as the new Executive Director of the California School-Based Health Alliance. We’d also like to thank Amy Ranger, Acting Executive Director, for her dedication and interim leadership, who will continue at CSHA as Director of Programs. We look forward to continued growth and support for our school-based health partners across the state.
Kim Uyeda, MD, MPH
Chair, Board of Directors