National FQHC Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Dr. Parinda Khatri

Dr. Parinda Khatri is Chief Executive Officer at Cherokee Health Systems (CHS).  CHS is a Federally Qualified Health Center and licensed Community Mental Health Center that provides comprehensive primary care, behavioral health, dental, and outreach services to over 70,000 people in Tennessee.  With 21 clinics and over 30 outreach sites in urban and rural areas of the state, CHS serves diverse communities, including rural Appalachian, inner-city/urban, Refugee and New American populations, and has HRSA-funded designations to care for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, migratory and seasonal agricultural workers, and residents of public housing.  CHS’ commitment to high quality, innovative, and patient-centered care has been recognized by awards from HRSA, NCQA, and the National Center for Primary Care. CHS is a national leader in the integration of primary care and behavioral health and provides consultation and technical assistance to healthcare organizations and professionals across the country.  CHS is also an Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in Tennessee, and a noted leader in training and education of health professionals in community health. 

Prior to her role as CEO, Dr. Khatri served as Chief Clinical Officer at CHS, where she provided oversight and guidance on clinical quality, program development and management, workforce development, clinical research, and clinical operations for blended primary care and behavioral health services within the organization. She has been Principal Investigator of several research and education programs at CHS, including the NIH funded All of Us Research Program and Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities. 

Dr. Khatri also actively participates in health policy, advocacy, and consultation at the national level. She is past President and Board Member of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) and was appointed to the HRSA Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary and Community-Based Linkages by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2017-2021.  She is involved as an advisor and consultant in a number of state and national initiatives and programs, including the Advancing Behavioral Health Equity initiative through the Center for Care Innovations, Advisory Council for the National Integration Academy for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Board of Directors for Advocates for Community Health (ACH),  and Clinical Advisory Boards for Amerigroup and BlueCare of Tennessee.

Learn more about the National FQHC Advisory Board or Cherokee Health Systems (CHS)

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