The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center announces the appointment of Miriam Y. Vega, PhD, as Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. An experienced executive of non-profit organizations, including Federally Qualified Health Centers and AIDS service organizations, Dr. Vega created the CHANGE model of capacity-building assistance which helps to build culturally-responsive programming, quality improvement and organizational infrastructure at community-based organizations across the Nation.
Board Chair, Betty A. Leon, RN, MA, Esq. stated “The Board of Directors has complete confidence that Dr. Miriam Vega is the right person to carry out the Strategic Plan of the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center and will ensure its stability and prominence for years to come. She is a proven leader who demonstrates integrity, fiscal responsibility, intellect as well as the vision and deep understanding of the critical role the Addabbo Center continues to play in the communities it serves.”
Before coming to Addabbo, Dr. Vega most recently served as the Executive Vice President of Total Health Care, a large FQHC in Baltimore, MD. She has also held the position of Chief Operations Officer at Kedren Community Health Center in Los Angeles, CA where her focus was the full integration of mental health and primary care services. Prior to that, Dr. Vega served as the Chief Executive Officer of the University Muslim Medical Association (UMMA) Community Clinic in south Los Angeles, the Executive Director of the AIDS Project of the East Bay and the Vice President of the Latino Commission on AIDS where she founded the Institute for Hispanic Health Equity.
“I am very honored to lead the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center into the future. It is with great enthusiasm and energy that I look forward to seizing upon opportunities for growth and addressing the pressing challenges that lie ahead in the healthcare areas,” says Dr. Vega. “We are committed to living our legacy and continuing to make a real difference in people’s lives as we collectively try to lift up and empower those around us. Wellness is not simply a matter of going to your doctor. Excellent comprehensive medical care must include the social, community and environmental factors that influence our patients. In collaboration with the Board and dedicated staff at Addabbo, we will become an even greater healthcare provider and more deeply embedded in the fabric of our community’s wellness.”
Dr. Vega received her BA in Psychology from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY and earned her doctoral degree in Social Psychology from the University of California, Berkley. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at both SUNY Downstate Medical (the first HIV/AIDS clinic in NYS) and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
At the United Nations, Dr. Vega served as Secretary of the Psychology Coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and as the United Nations’ main representative of the ECOSOC-accredited Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. She is currently a HOPE fellow and chair of American Public Health Association’s PHA’s Committee on Health Equity.
Dr. Vega maintains an active line of research focusing on issues of identity, stigma, culture, social marketing and social media. She recently co-authored a book chapter on the role of psychology in global health equity and she has presented her Twitter and HIV stigma research at various national and international conferences.