After conducting a nationwide search for a new chief executive officer, the Center for Health Innovation (CHI) is announces the appointment of Dr. Stacey Cox to the position.

“I’m incredibly excited to have Dr. Cox joining the CHI team,” said CHI founder Charlie Alfero. “Her breadth and depth of experience in nonprofit and grants management, health and rural issues in a broader health context including economic impact of social supports and frontier policy, will be invaluable to the organization moving forward. We are extremely fortunate to have her.”

Cox has over two decades of experience in leading nonprofits. Most recently Cox was Executive Director of the National Center for Frontier Communities, a nonprofit that champions the most remote and hard-to-reach regions of the nation.

“The position taught me more about the inequities and challenges faced by rural communities which directly impact the people who live there,” Cox said. “I want to bring that experience in health equity work to CHI.”

With one in three New Mexicans living in rural areas, Cox’s experience with remote communities will be invaluable to CHI, which is one of only two designated public health institutes in the state – the other is the University of New Mexico’s Center for Native American Health (CNAH).

New Mexico ranks 37th in the nation for health outcomes on the most recent America’s Health Rankings Annual Report by United Health Foundation.