Who We Are
Community Health Partners for Sustainability is supported via a National Cooperative Agreement, grant number U30CS09736, with U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Health Care, and is a subsidiary of the National Nurse-led Care Consortium, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Community Health Partners for Sustainability provides free and low-cost training and technical assistance to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), including Public Housing Primary Care and other special population grantees, and other health centers looking to ensure long-term sustainability. We provide in-person and web-based trainings as well as one-on-one technical assistance to help all centers become vibrant, long-lasting providers of high quality, cost-effective health care for vulnerable communities. For more information or to request technical assistance, please contact us.
Alex Lehr O'Connell directs Community Health Partners for Sustainability's (CHPFS) technical assistance services. He has managed the development efforts of the organization for eight years, securing local, state and federal government, as well as foundation funding for the organization and for health centers across the country. Alex has worked closely with senior management to contribute to a doubling of the annual budget during his tenure, and to develop a business plan to drive organizational growth for the future. Alex received his MPH degree at Drexel University School of Public Health, and was Principal Investigator on a FQHC planning grant provided by U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Primary Health Care. He currently serves as Principal Investigator for the National Cooperative Agreement with HRSA through which Community Health Partners for Sustainability provides training and technical assistance to health professionals, health administrators, and development staff across the nation to make their health centers sustainable providers of high quality services for vulnerable public housing communities.
Casey Alrich serves as Manager of Programs for Community Health Partners for Sustainability helping partner agencies meet their training and technical assistance goals. Casey works with health center staff receiving assistance through the National Cooperative Agreement to identify training and technical assistance needs; connect them to free or low-cost training and technical assistance services; and support the development of new programs and services to meet the needs of clients and communities. Casey received his MPH from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. while working in the field of public health policy. Casey has provided program planning, implementation, and evaluation support to agencies serving low-income individuals, at home and abroad.
Tine Hansen-Turton has over 15 years of experience in providing executive management services and has led the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, Community Health Partners for Sustainability's parent organization, for the past decade. Tine also serves as Vice President for Health Care Access and Policy for the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), a large nonprofit public health institute. Tine's policy-related accomplishments include negotiating changes in managed care reimbursement policies nationally for nurse practitioners and physician assistants; developing and implementing various nationally-recognized health promotion and primary prevention programs; and securing over 300 million dollars in direct support to community-based health centers. Tine writes and publishes for many peer-review professional healthcare and legal journals and is a regular presenter at local, state and national health care conferences. She is co-author of "Community and Nurse-Managed Health Centers: Getting them Started and Keeping them Going," an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award winner. Tine received her B.A. from Slippery Rock University, her M.G.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government and her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Laura Wesolowski serves as Program Coordinator for Community Health Partners. As Program Coordinator, Laura supports all aspects of Community Health Partners’ technical assistance services, including grant writing and administration, webinar administration, Community Health Partners for Sustainability e-blasts, and one-on-one technical assistance. In particular, Laura coordinates evaluation and reporting efforts to help Community Health Partners better understand the needs of health center clients and tailor services accordingly. Laura received her MPA from the Fels Institute of Government in Philadelphia, PA.
As Health Information Systems Administrator, Grace manages the electronic health records and practice management systems for a network of FQHC sites and provides technical assistance relating to health information systems. She is also part of a team developing a corporate data warehouse for parent organization, Public Health Management Corporation, and contributes to other database projects. Prior to joining the organization, Grace was a consultant and trainer implementing enterprise software solutions for managing sales and compensation. Grace has over 10 years experience in systems analysis and software implementation, and is a Certified Professional in Electronic Health Records. Grace has a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and is a native of Singapore.
Brian Valdez serves as the Health Policy Manager for Community Health Partners for Sustainability. In this role, he helps to design policy initiatives intended to increase the financial stability of nurse-managed health centers and remove barriers to nurse practitioner scope of practice. His activities which mostly focus on the federal level include drafting legislation, helping to organize legislative briefings on emerging policy issues, writing legislative testimony and preparing organizational policy statements. He has gained a familiarity with the barriers health centers face when attempting to achieve financial sustainability and how these efforts are being impacted by current reform trends. On the state level, he worked closely with a coalition formed in support of the Governor's "Prescription for Pennsylvania" health care reform package. This coalition recently won a major victory when legislation was passed eliminating many of the barriers to nurse practitioner scope of practice. Outside of the policy arena, he also has a great deal of experience writing grants to support the outreach activities of health centers. Prior to joining the organization, Brian earned a B.A. in criminal justice from DeSales University and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 2001
At Community Health Partners for Sustainability, we engage a broad network of nationally recognized experts who have skills to help health centers across the range of needs. We can help match the needs of health centers with individuals who can help them to meet their goals. Whether you are looking for a mentor, grant writer, lawyer, expert in health information technology, or someone to help you with billing and financial planning, please contact us to schedule these specialized services.
It is my experience that many safety net clinics throughout the United States can be assisted by Community Health Partners for Sustainability and that they are an important factor in increasing access to vulnerable people and reducing health disparities.”