Jen Lewis is the Special Projects Director for the Sonoma County (California) Department of Health Services. In this role, she coordinates efforts related to the closure of the Sonoma Developmental Center with State Agencies and the Sonoma Coalition and assists DHS with the next phase of Strategic Planning leading to Public Health Accreditation. Prior to this role, she was the Health Action Program Manager with the DHS Health Policy, Planning and Evaluation Division where she coordinated strategic efforts of Health Action, Sonoma County’s collective impact initiative with the goal of eliminating health disparities and achieving the vision of being the healthiest county in California. Her work focused on facilitating collaborative, cross-sector efforts focused on achieving long-term improvements in education, health systems, and economic wellness and spearheaded strategic planning for the Sonoma County Prevention and Wellness Fund Catalyst Team. Before joining the Department of Health Services Jen Lewis was the Assistant Director of the New York University Center for Latin America and Caribbean Studies. She also worked in the Peace Corps and as Environmental Education Coordinator for the Friends of Nature Foundation. Currently, Jen is a Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and Economy. Jen holds two Master Degrees awarded by Yale University, in Environmental Management and International Relations, and a BA in Biology from Bryn Mawr College.
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As community health needs assessments expand to focus on a broader array of health issues and social determinants of health, we can expect hospital community benefit resources to follow in that direction. Health grantmakers have an important role to play in this evolving field.