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.