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Illinois Primary Health Care Association CEO resigns

Illinois Primary Health Care Association CEO resigns

Bruce Johnson has resigned as president and CEO of the Illinois Primary Health Care Association following “insensitive comments” he made to Aunt Martha’s CEO Raul Garza during a June 20 meeting.

“While Bruce’s comments do not – in any way – reflect the opinions of our committee or IPHCA staff, we know that he was acting as a representative of IPHCA at the time,” Gordon Eggers, chair of the association’s board, said in a memo to members. “More than that, we are committed to taking additional steps to ensure this never happens again.”

The association tapped Jordan Powell, its senior vice president of public policy and government affairs, to serve as acting president and CEO, and Henry Taylor, executive director of the Mile Square Health Center, is heading the search for a permanent leader.

Johnson had worked for the association for nearly 30 years.

Garza said he welcomed Johnson’s resignation, but will continue to seek a full investigation into his “derogatory, racist comments and the subsequent delayed and inadequate response by association leadership.”

“Our community will not tolerate this type of behavior,” Garza said in a statement emailed to Health News Illinois. “We will continue to push for organizational reforms to root out the blatant racism that exists within the IPHCA’s leadership so we can better care for the populations we exist to serve.”

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