Board of Directors (June 2015)
Rafique E. Jangda
Dr. Peter Kwan
Andrea Caracostis, MD, MPH is the CEO of the Asian American Health Coalition a position held since 2007. Dr. Caracostis has a long track record of working to improve the health of vulnerable and underserved patients. She has worked in the Community Health Centers movement since 1998 providing direct care to patients and as administrative staff. She has been recognized for her work in health care access and is well known for her spirit of collaboration and partnership building. Under the leadership of Dr. Caracostis, HOPE Clinic has grown from a 7 staff and $700,000 dollar operation in 2008 to a 7 million dollar and 75 staff clinic that provide care 7 days a week in 14 different languages.
For the last 4 years Dr. Caracostis has worked with the Board of Directors developing a strategy to address the need for culturally appropriate care for the large number of seniors living in South West Houston.
Dr. Caracostis served in leadership roles with the Texas Association of Community Health Centers, Houston Partners for Community Health and the Migrant Clinicians Network. Over all, her proven record of dedication to special populations and passion for eliminating disparities and improving health care access make her an asset to the community health center world.