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CONTACT: Rhonique Shields, MD

       Secretary, DCPCA Board of Directors

Phone:         (202) 302-8396



DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA) Board of Directors

Announces JacquelinE D. Bowens to Step Down as CEO


Washington, DC (September 9, 2016) -- DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA) Board of Directors announced today that Jacqueline D. Bowens will be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer effective October 28, 2016.

Ms. Bowens has held the position of CEO since 2013. Prior to DC Primary Care Association, Ms. Bowens served as Executive Vice President and Chief, Government and External Affairs Officer at Children's National Medical Center.

During her time with DCPCA, Ms. Bowens championed numerous efforts to realize a more equitable and effectual health care system in the District of Columbia. These efforts include a new value-based policy framework and payment rates for DC health centers, collaborative planning initiatives for enhanced care coordination for DC Medicaid beneficiaries, and vital community-based input into DC's citywide health planning process. Her leadership contributions to DCPCA elevated the presence, profile, and voice for the organization at a time of much change in the local health care landscape.

In tendering her resignation, Ms. Bowens expressed her deep gratitude and appreciation to the Board of Directors, members and DCPCA staff, noting that, "having the opportunity to lead this organization, remains one of the best decisions I ever made. The value of the work, the relationships established and fortified and most importantly, the thousands of people that benefit from this amazing network of primary care providers, will continue to be a major influence in my life.  It has been an amazing journey, one that I will cherish always".   

"Jackie has provided strong, effective leadership during a time of much change," said Don Blanchon, Chair of DCPCA's Board of Directors. "She developed a vision for the future that offers DC health centers a clear roadmap to better serve the communities we call home. The Board of Directors is grateful for Jackie's contributions and wishes her much health, happiness and success in her next chapter. "

The Board of Directors is currently working with Ms. Bowens to ensure a smooth and orderly leadership transition for the organization. A formal search process will commence within the next 30 days.      

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.