About Us


Clinical Directors Network, Inc. (CDN) is a not-for-profit clinician membership organization, practice-based research network (PBRN), and clinician training organization, founded to provide peer-initiated activities for clinicians practicing in low income, minority, and other underserved communities. CDN’s overall goal is to translate clinical research into clinical practice for the enhancement of health equity and improvement of public health. CDN is the oldest and largest PBRN devoted to dedicated to providing and improving comprehensive and accessible community-oriented primary and preventive health care services for poor, minority, and underserved populations. CDN operates as a private, not-for-profit corporation, by and for an extensive network of current and future Health Center Clinical Leaders. CDN conducts project based research and educational activities in partnership with government, academic, not-for-profit, and for profit organizations. CDN was founded in 1985 as a professional peer organization, based on the demonstrated effectiveness of peer-initiated activities in promoting health care excellence, assuring and improving quality and controlling costs. CDN has a for-profit subsidiary, Quality Professional Systems Development, Inc. (QPSD) (www.QPSD.com).

MISSION

We are a network that supports community-based health care centers, including their patients, practitioners and organizations. A community-based health care center is one that is committed to improving the overall health of individuals, families and communities by focusing on their primary medical, dental and/or behavioral well-being. We exist to advocate for meeting the health needs of underserved populations, while providing access to high quality health care, and greater social justice for all. We exist to provide peer support:

  1. By conducting practice-based research and translation of research into practice through training, education and the development of new models of care
  2. Through advocacy for the clinician’s perspective in the administration and management of community-based health care centers

 

VALUES

We believe that:

  1. All people have the right to high quality, community-based health care
  2. Practicing in a community-based health care center is a desirable, viable long-term career choice for clinicians
  3. Practice-based research should be relevant, practical and timely
  4. Research at the community-based health care center level supports the dissemination, adoption and implementation of new knowledge, resulting in sustained high quality of care, increasing health equity, and the improvement of public health.

The combined patient and clinician populations of CDN’s member community-based health care centers represent an enormous opportunity for our practice-based research network (PBRN).

Administration & Staff

President/CEO: Jonathan N. Tobin, PhD
Vice President of Clinical Affairs: Andrea Cassells, MPH
Project Director: Marija Zeremski, PhD
Project Manager: Chamanara Khalida, MD, MPH
Project Manager: Briana D’Orazio, BA
Operations Manager: Dena Moftah, BA
Project/IRB Coordinator: T.J. Lin, MPH
Project/Recruitment Coordinator: Tameir Holder, MPH
Recruitment Coordinator: Sandra Monroy, MS
Project Coordinator: Amanda Cheng, MPH
Recruitment Coordinator/Care Manager: Melissa Coronado, BA

Board of Directors 2017-2018

Chair: Daren Wu, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Open Door Family Medical Centers, Inc., Ossining, NY
Secretary: Dolores Cottrell-Carson, DDS, MSHA
Executive Secretary NY State Board for Dentistry
Executive Secretary NY State Board for Optometry
Albany, NY
 Treasurer: Sara Palomino, DNP, RN, FNP, ANP-BC
Director of Nursing
Urban Health Plan, Bronx, NY
Immediate Past Chair: Wanda McCoy, MD
VP of Performance Improvement
Morris Heights Health Center, Bronx, NY

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Representatives:

New York (Downstate): Wanda McCoy, MD
VP of Performance Improvement
Morris Heights Health Center
Bronx, NY
  Sara Palomino, DNP, RN, FNP, ANP-BC
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Director of Nursing
Urban Health Plan
Bronx, NY
  Peter Bernstein, MD, MPH
Medical Director/Professor
Jack D. Weiler Hospital, Bronx, NY/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine/ Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, NY
  David Stevens, MD
Chief of Ambulatory Care
NYC Health and Hospitals/ Kings County Medical Center
Brooklyn, NY
  Walid Michelen, MD
CEO/CMO Gotham Health

NYC Health and Hospitals
New York, NY
 New Jersey: Kemi Alli, MD
Chief Executive Officer

Henry J. Austin Health Center
Trenton, NJ
  Devin Goodman, DMD
Chief Dental Officer

Henry J. Austin Health Center
Trenton, NJ
   
   
   
   
   

REPRESENTATIVES

New York (Upstate): Daren Wu, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Open Door Family Medical Centers, Inc.
Ossining, NY
  Dolores Cottrell, DDS, MSHA
Executive Secretary NY State Board for Dentistry
Executive Secretary NY State Board for Optometry
Albany, NY
  Nancy Piper Jenks, MS, CFNP, FAANP
Clinical Director
Internal Medicine Department

Hudson River Health Care, Inc.
Peekskill, NY
QPSD Representatives: Neal A. Demby, DMD, MPH
Director of Dental Medicine
NYU Lutheran Family Health Center
Brooklyn, NY
  M. Monica Sweeney, MD, MPH, FACP
Clinical Professor and Chair
Vice Dean for Global Engagement
Department of Health Policy and Management
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Brooklyn, NY
  Anita C. Vaughn, MD
Medical Director
Communities United Health Care
Newark, NJ