03-02-2022

President & CEO of Morris Heights Health Center Named to Power Women of Brooklyn List of Honorees

BRONX, NEW YORK--Morris Heights Health Center’s President & CEO, Mari G. Millet is among the list of honorees named to Schneps Media’s “Power Women of Brooklyn 2022.” Within the last year, Ms. Millet has been the recipient of various leadership awards including the 2021 Power Women of the Bronx, and the Inaugural 2021 Bronx Power list.

Just in time for Women’s History Month, the Power Women of Brooklyn award honors those powerful and fearless women who have made their mark on the borough, making Brooklyn the thriving and vibrant place it is to work, live, and do business. This year’s ceremony will be held at the Dyker Beach Golf course on March 3, 2022, honoring and recognizing 53 of the most influential business, community, cultural, political, religious, and civic female leaders in Brooklyn. The event will include a VIP power hour where honorees and sponsors will have the opportunity to meet, and network followed by dinner and an award ceremony.

Every year, in March we celebrate the achievements and immeasurable contributions that women have made throughout history. Whether marching for women’s right to vote, advancing research in medicine and science to advocating for health equality and social justice, women continue to write history. As a prominent leader in healthcare, Ms. Millet has dedicated her career to the advancement of underserved and disproportionately affected communities. She has over 38 years of extensive leadership experience in ambulatory care, in-patient acute care, surgical services, emergency/urgent care, and community-based healthcare. Through her strategic vision and guidance, she has turned around the operations of multiple healthcare organizations. Over the years she has partnered with numerous community-based organizations and elected officials to secure resources to address some of the social determinates of health that have plagued many black and brown communities. Before joining MHHC, Ms. Millet served as Deputy Executive Director for Gotham Health, a division of NYC’s Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). In this capacity, she played an instrumental role in former Mayor Bill De Blasio’s “Caring Neighborhoods” initiative, aimed to increase primary care access for thousands of residents in underserved neighborhoods across the city.

Throughout her career, Ms. Millet has made it a priority to tackle one of the nation’s most pressing health issues, food insecurity and the lack of access to affordable and nutritious food options. As a result, she established the first “Community Garden” in Brooklyn where herbs, fruits and vegetables were grown and maintained by the residents of the Community. Thereafter expanding efforts across the five boroughs. In her current role as President and CEO of MHHC, she has partnered with organizations like GrowNYC and the Food Bank for New York City to bring healthy food options to the Bronx; currently ranked #62 as the unhealthiest county in New York.

Ms. Millet joined Morris Heights Health Center in 2017, where she has focused her efforts on structural reorganization, financial stability, community-based partnerships, and improving the patient and employee experience. Under her leadership, MHHC launched an Ophthalmology and Dental program across several site locations, opened a brand new Central Sterile Unit, and an Urgent Care Center in the West Bronx Community. In addition, she has led the organization through Joint Commission Accreditation and received the Community Health Quality Leaders recognition by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). In 2022, the health center is scheduled to open its first Brooklyn location, MHHC @ One Brooklyn, a new state-of-the-art medical facility in the Flatbush area of the borough. The new health facility will include a Maternal Health Center of Excellence designed to improve health equity in women’s health and eliminate racial disparities in black maternal care. Ms. Millet continues to increase the health center’s operational reach throughout NYC, playing an instrumental role in spearheading COVID-19 relief efforts during the height of the pandemic. MHHC has provided testing, vaccinations, and education in over 120 locations throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn.

For 40 years, MHHC has held a distinct reputation of being a trusted provider in the West Bronx and surrounding areas. Since 1981, MHHC has committed to improving health equity, eliminating health disparities, and delivering culturally sensitive care to families in underserved communities. MHHC is the medical home to more than 57,000 patients annually through a network of 10 health centers, 1 urgent care center, a senior housing facility, and 20 school-based health centers in the largest public school system in the U.S.

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