June 26, 2016
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – The Board of Directors of the Primary Care Development Corporation has selected Louise Cohen, as PCDC's new chief executive officer. Cohen will assume the leadership of PCDC in August.
"After undertaking a thorough executive search that produced numerous outstanding candidates, I am delighted to announce that the Board of Directors has selected Louise Cohen as PCDC's new CEO," said Daniel T. McGowan, chair of PCDC's Board of Directors. "Louise's wealth of experience in the healthcare sector and commitment to primary care has earned her deep respect in many quarters, and we are looking forward to her taking PCDC to new levels of impact as primary care becomes more pivotal to the healthcare system."
Cohen is currently vice president for Public Health Programs at Public Health Solutions, a leading national public health institute, where she manages a wide portfolio of programs focusing on child development, family nutrition, tobacco control, women's reproductive health and access to healthcare. She previously served as agency chief of staff and deputy commissioner for Health Care Access and Improvement at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), where she was responsible for Take Care New York — the city's health policy program — the Primary Care Information Project [PCIP] and the department's response to federal and state health reform. Cohen also served as the director of the Park Slope Family Health Center and has directed a variety of community health worker programs both in New York and internationally. She earned an MPH from Hunter College and a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Cohen has served on PCDC's Board of Directors since 2011.