Rose Duhan is the current CEO and President of the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS). Ms. Duhan has worked extensively on health care policy inside and outside of government at both the state and local levels. Prior to coming to CHCANYS, she served as the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health in the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, where she assisted with development and implementation of the Governor’s health and behavioral health agenda. At the local government level, she worked for Albany County in the Department of Management and Budget, designing and implementing long term care system reform. Ms. Duhan’s experience also includes statewide policy development and advocacy for the New York Health Plan Association (HPA) and the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS).
The Community Health Care Association of New York State's (CHCANYS) purpose is to ensure that all New Yorkers, including those who are medically underserved, have continuous access to high quality community-based health care services including a primary care home. To do this, CHCANYS serves as the voice of community health centers as leading providers of primary health care in New York State. The year was 1971 and the community health care movement was just beginning. In New York, a group of dedicated community health activists created what was then innovation in health care advocacy— the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS). Established to give a voice to the state’s network of community health centers as leading providers of primary care, CHCANYS is now seen as one of the premiere primary care associations in the country. CHCANYS not only works to increase access for those who would otherwise go without care through advocacy and education but also creates major new programs and initiatives that showcase community health centers as centers of excellence. CHCANYS defines new directions in primary care delivery at the more than 65 federally qualified health centers with approximately 650 sites throughout the state. From clinical excellence to health information technology, from emergency preparedness to eliminating health care disparities, CHCANYS’ goal is to provide community health centers with the resources needed to provide high quality, community-based primary care to anyone in need regardless of their ability to pay.