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Darren Anderson, M.D.
VP/Chief Quality Officer, Community Health Center, Inc., Associate Professor of Medicine, Quinnipiac University, Director, Weitzman Quality Institute

Dr. Daren Anderson is a general internist and the VP/Chief Quality Officer of Community Health Center, Inc.  CHCI is a large, multisite community health center providing primary care to over 140,000 medically underserved patients across Connecticut. In his role as Chief Quality Officer, Dr. Anderson is responsible for directing all quality improvement work across the agency. Under his direction CHCI has developed a highly effective QI infrastructure focused on engagement of front line staff, coaching, and data-driven improvement. The model incorporates tools and techniques including Clinical Microsystems, Six Sigma/Lean, facilitation, and change management and has resulted in significant improvements in a variety of clinical and operational outcomes.

Dr. Anderson is also the Director of CHCI’s Weitzman Institute, a center dedicated to the promotion of innovation in primary care for underserved populations through research, training, and quality improvement.  The Weitzman Institute provides technical assistance and training in quality improvement to health centers across the country. In addition, Weitzman researchers are engaged in a range of research projects focused on primary care for the underserved. Dr. Anderson is the principle investigator for several of these projects focused on health disparities, healthcare access, primary care redesign, and pain management in primary care. In addition, he leads Weitzman’s successful Project ECHO and eConsult interventions, both designed to use technology to improve access to specialty care for medically underserved patients. He lectures and writes extensively on these topics and has published articles in several top-tier peer-reviewed medical journals, including the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Infomatics Association. He is the 2010 recipient of the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Hamolsky Award for his research on disease management for diabetes in a community health center.

Previously, Dr. Anderson has served as Director of Primary Care for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine, Chief Medical Officer of Community Health Center, Inc., a consultant in the field of disease management, and a primary care provider at the Community Health Center of New Britain. 

Dr. Anderson obtained his undergraduate degree at Harvard College and his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and is a board certified general internist.

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