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Leadership Changes Leave Multnomah County’s Community Health Center in Limbo

BySamantha Jones

Mar 25, 2024
Community health leader in Multnomah County resigns after less than a year

Multnomah County’s community health center has experienced a series of exits from its leadership team, with Darnell “DJ” Rhodes, Jeff Perry, and Bernadette Thomas all resigning recently. Rhodes, who was brought on board to lead the health center last April, stepped down on Friday after less than a year on the job.

Rhodes was responsible for overseeing eight primary care health centers, seven dental clinics, seven pharmacies, and nine student health centers. However, he quickly encountered challenges and was placed on paid administrative leave in October. Rhodes told Willamette Week that he faced discrimination as a Black leader. He returned from leave in January but resigned in February.

Despite these recent turmoil within the health center system, Multnomah County officials remain committed to providing quality healthcare services to the community. Serena Cruz, the county’s chief operating officer, stated that the decisions from Perry and Thomas were unrelated to Rhodes’ resignation. The county continues to seek qualified individuals to fill the vacancies left by Rhodes, Perry, and Thomas and hopes to overcome challenges and maintain its commitment to providing accessible and equitable healthcare to all residents.

By Samantha Jones

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