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Introduction

Helen DuPlessis, MD, is an accomplished physician executive who brings wide-ranging leadership experience and an array of knowledge about public sector health programs to HMA.

Her expertise includes involvement in healthcare administration for a variety of organizations, expertise in program and policy development, practice transformation, public health, maternal and child health policy, community systems development, performance improvement, and managed care. 

Prior to joining HMA, Dr. DuPlessis served as the chief medical officer with St. John’s Well Child and Family Center where she provided executive management for integrated medical, behavioral, dental, and pharmacy services in a large network of federally qualified health centers. She was responsible for building and upgrading key elements of the organizational infrastructure and clinical services; strategic business expansion; patient centered medical home certification; electronic health records implementation; clinical work force recruitment, training, and development; and performance improvement. 

Other notable professional experiences include her work as senior advisor to the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities where she provided leadership, research, program development support, counsel and representation to local, state, and national efforts, and community level systems transformation. She trained and mentored students in various disciplines and educational levels.

Dr. DuPlessis was the chief medical officer at LA Care during the initial rollout of Medi-Cal managed care in California. She served as director of student medical services for the LA Unified School District. She served as an advocate of community capacity-building, staff, and professional development drawing on her understanding and implementation of innovative and effective health programs and performance improvement activities. Dr. DuPlessis earned her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, her master’s in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California.

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