Veronica E. Clarke is a leader in public health administration, having worked in a senior administrative capacity for over fifteen years. In her current position as President and Chief Executive Officer of TCA Health, a federally qualified health center in Chicago, she assures that Chicago’s south side residents have barrier-free access to health care and related services. Ms. Clarke demonstrates outstanding expertise in her management abilities, as well as in delegating and empowering, communicating, and inspiring others.
Ms. Clarke continues to personally and professionally expand the depth of her skills and commitment to bettering other people’s lives. She earned a Master of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University and went on to complete the Johnson and Johnson/UCLA Healthcare Executive Program in 2008.
Ms. Clarke is an active participant in numerous professional associations and organizations. She is a board member and Chair-Elect of the Illinois Primary Health Care Association. Ms. Clarke is also the current Chair of the South Side Healthcare Collaborative, a broad network of community-based health providers who share a vision to improve the overall health of Chicago’s south side. She sits on the Behavioral and Primary Care Integration Learning Collaborative’s task force, launched by Illinois Health & Medicine Policy Research Group in 2015. Always concerned about the community’s youth, Ms. Clarke even finds time to mentor a college sophomore.
Underscoring Ms. Clarke’s work is her extraordinary responsiveness to the needs of the persons she serves. She initiated TCA Health’s expansion throughout Chicago’s south side as a means to counter staggering health disparities permeating the agency’s target communities. TCA Health now provides services at seven sites and continues to expand. She is founder and principle organizer of organization’s Health & Wellness Collaborative, where she rallies residents and over 25 community organizations to create desperately needed access to healthy, fresh, and affordable foods, alongside nearby spots to establish healthy fitness routines. The newest undertaking under her wing is galvanizing a new community-driven initiative, FRESH (Food Resources that are Easily Sustainable and Healthy). FRESH was born from public outrage to massive food insecurity in Chicago’s Riverdale community.
Ms. Clarke is an inspiration to her colleagues and a vital leader in Chicago’s south side health care community. The footprint she is creating will survive for generations.
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