Louise Cohen

Louise Cohen

Louise Cohen, MPH, is the Deputy Commissioner for Health Care Access and Improvement of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). In this capacity, she oversees Correctional Health Services, Health Insurance Programs, Health Planning, and the Primary Care Information Project. The Division is responsible for the medical and mental health care and discharge planning for over 100,000 people incarcerated in City jails each year, all New York City Medicaid managed care contracts, coordination of the Department’s health reform activities, and the nation’s largest municipal effort to assist medical providers to adopt electronic health records and to use EHRs to improve patient outcomes, patient safety and public health priorities. Ms. Cohen was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Take Care New York health policy, programmatic and community initiatives. Previously, Ms. Cohen was Chief of Staff at the DOHMH. In that capacity, she oversaw the agency’s priority programs and projects, advised the Commissioner on major policy and management issues and initiatives, tracked critical processes and served as liaison with the public, elected officials and other city agencies. From 1996 through 2001, Ms. Cohen was the director of the DOHMH’s New York City Childhood Asthma Initiative, a public health approach to reversing the asthma epidemic. This program contributed to a 32% decrease in hospitalizations for pediatric asthma in New York City over 4 years. Previous experience includes directing a federally qualified health center in Brooklyn and establishing community health outreach programs to assist families to better access preventive health services, and an asthma program at the Sunset Park Family Health Center Network of Brooklyn, Lutheran Medical Center, which resulted in a 78% decrease in hospitalizations for children who had been case managed, and a 10% overall decrease. Ms. Cohen has a Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Education from Hunter College/City College of New York. Her work has received several awards, including the C. Everett Koop National Health Award and the New York State Health Education Award for Outstanding Health Education Programming, both for a successful and innovative asthma intervention at the Sunset Park Family Health Center Network in Brooklyn. Ms. Cohen also received the American Lung Association of New York’s Victory over Asthma Public Health Award.