News & Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  


CONTACT:  Don Blanchon, DCPCA Board of Directors Chairman

Phone:        (202) 797-4410



Tamara A. Smith selected to lead District of Columbia

primary care Association   


Washington, DC (March 13, 2017) – The board of directors of the District of Columbia Primary Care Association (DCPCA) is pleased to announce that Tamara A. Smith, the current CEO of YWCA National Capital Area, will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective May 15, 2017.


“Tamara brings an unwavering commitment to improving access to community-based primary care to DCPCA, and a real passion for eliminating health inequities and disparities that far too many  individuals and families face every day in our nation’s capital”, says Don Blanchon, chair of DCPCA’s board of directors.  “She appreciates the unique role and voice that DCPCA has in our community, and possesses the expertise and gravitas to lead DCPCA during this period of uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act.”  


Ms. Smith has over 30 years of leadership experience serving low-income individuals and families who live in the metro Washington region. She has held executive positions in the nonprofit sector, managed care, and health care services delivery.  She is a results oriented leader with a proven track record of building exceptional teams, achieving business objectives, establishing organizational partnerships and inspiring others to action.


“I am excited about joining the DCPCA team and leading the organization into the future.  Having served previously on the DCPCA board, I am intimately familiar with the services and critical role that safety net providers and members of DCPCA play in delivering high quality, integrated health care services to vulnerable populations in the region”, says Smith.  “I want to ensure the longevity and sustainability of these providers well into the future and develop innovative models of care that improve health outcomes for all.”


This announcement marks the end of DCPCA’s formal search for its next leader which began in the fall of 2016.  A search committee, chaired by Julie Chapman, led the selection process.  Other members of this committee included current DCPCA directors Rhonique Shields, MD, George Jones, and Don Blanchon.  The board of directors retained Slesinger Management Services, a professional services firm which supports community nonprofits in their efforts to recruit key leadership roles, to support this search process. 


Founded in 1996, DCPCA is a non-profit health equity and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health of DC’s vulnerable residents by ensuring access to high quality primary health care, regardless of an ability to pay. As a leader in the health care community, we work to ensure that all residents of Washington, DC have the ability and opportunity to lead healthier lives - through increased health care coverage, expanded access, improved quality, workforce development, and enhanced communication.  Our membership currently includes 15 community health centers and community-based organizations located in the District of Columbia and the Maryland suburbs. Between them, our members own and operate nearly 60 health care delivery sites that serve approximately 200,000 residents. These members serve as our partners. Together, along with other community-based safety-net primary care providers committed to the DCPCA mission, we work to create a high quality, equitable, integrated health care system that gives every resident an opportunity for a full and healthy life.