On October 15, 2015 the DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA) Board of Directors unanimously voted to recommend Mr. Don Blanchon as Chair-Elect. His tenure as Chairman will begin January 2016.
Mr. Blanchon takes over as chair as primary care takes center stage in health system transformation. His health center leadership and expertise in health care finance and policy will help DCPCA play a high impact role in delivery and payment systems changes in the coming years. Community health centers are critical to a thriving District of Columbia, and DCPCA is well positioned to ensure they are at the heart of efforts to write a new prescription for health in the District.
Mr. Blanchon currently serves as Executive Director of Whitman-Walker Health, one of 15 DCPCA member health centers. Prior to his position as Chair-Elect, he served as the DCPCA Board Secretary. Don Blanchon began his tenure as executive director of Whitman-Walker on May 1, 2006. Before that, he spent nine years with Schaller Anderson, a national health care management and consulting firm that specializes in public-sector programs. During that time, he held positions of increasing authority, including CFO and CEO of Maryland Physicians Care, a $325 million multi-product health plan owned by four Maryland-based non-profit community health systems.
Blanchon, a native of Foxborough, MA., holds a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Bowdoin College and a master's in public health and public affairs from Columbia University. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their two children.
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.