Kaiser Permanente appoints first chief community health officer

Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente named Bechara Choucair, MD, its first chief community health officer.

Dr. Choucair will also serve as senior vice president of community health and benefit for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals.

He most recently served as senior vice president of safety net transformation and community health at Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health. He has also held positions as commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health and as the executive director of Chicago-based Heartland Health Centers.

"I am honored to join Kaiser Permanente, which is known as a national leader in connecting its community health work to its quality and prevention agenda," Dr. Choucair said. "Improving the health of communities is something I care deeply about, and I am excited to build on Kaiser Permanente's visionary work."

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