After more than 15 years as a leader in public health innovation, and a successful three- year pivot to focus on the health of communities mostimpacted by disparities, OPHI is pleased to announce the leadership of its first ever Chief Executive Officer. Through the leadership of our new CEO, the next two years will result in a revised strategic plan, deepened community partnerships, and stronger organizational stability so that OPHI can improve the health of Oregonians.
Our new CEO
is Dana Hargunani MD, MPH. Dr. Hargunani is a passionate health leader who is
dedicated to improving population health outcomes and reducing health
disparities. With 15 years of experience spanning health
care, health policy and public health, Dr. Hargunani is committed to helping
organizations and communities build health outcomes through effective advocacy
and community health strategies.
Dr. Hargunani previously served
as the Child Health Director for the Oregon Health Authority from
2011-2015. During this period of major
health system transformation in Oregon, Dr. Hargunani was responsible for
directing child health activities, developing strategies to improve quality and
access to health care for children and adolescents, and leading collective
efforts between health-care and non-health care sectors to impact the social
determinants of health.
Dr. Hargunani also spent 10 years as pediatric faculty at the Oregon Health & Science University where she held multiple leadership roles focused on resident education, injury prevention and advocacy training. Her clinical work at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital focused on providing outpatient care to children and youth with special health needs, particularly those experiencing autism. Dr. Hargunani continues to practice general pediatrics part-time at the Children’s Community Clinic in Northeast Portland, where she is privileged to work with her diverse patients, families and community partners to improve health and well-being.
Dr. Hargunani is a graduate of
Princeton University. She received her
medical degree from Georgetown University and her master of public health
degree from Portland State University.
Dana and her husband joyfully spend their free time with friends and
family, especially trying to keep up with their three young sons.
Cyreena Boston Ashby will remain
at OPHI, now as its Chief Operating Officer.
OPHI is excited for her continued leadership. The work of our new
CEO, COO, with our dynamic staff and dedicated board of directors will
transform OPHI into a more strategic and stronger organization.
Hargunani will be begin her role in September, and will attend our Annual Genius Celebration. This year we will celebrate two Geniuses, Sarah
Keefe from the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and The
Honorable Avel Gordly for her lifetime work dedicated to social justice and
mental health. Please help us celebrate
our Geniuses by purchasing
your tickets here.
We hope to see you then and thank you
for your support of OPHI!