The board of directors at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center recently appointed Candice Lucas as the organization’s executive director.
St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center provides health and human services to uninsured and underinsured people in Greater Rochester.
“We’re exceptionally pleased that Candice has taken on this leadership role,” said Bob Thompson, board chairman. “Her broad knowledge of community-based interventions and services, and years of experience working with health literacy and education, make her well positioned to lead us going forward.”
Lucas joins Christine Wagner in forming a unique partnership for the center.
“They share a passion and commitment to improving health care delivery in our community,” Thompson said.
Their plan for continuity and growth positions the center to expand its programs and positively impact health outcomes throughout the region.
Wagner embraces a new role as special adviser, allowing her to focus on revenue development, community projects and disseminating information about the center’s brand of integrated, comprehensive health care. Lucas and Wagner worked over the past five months to create a smooth transition.
“I was so excited to help bring Candice to St. Joe’s,” Wagner said. “She will do great things for this organization, as she has already done great things supporting the good health of our community.”
Lucas became familiar with the center as director of community health services and the cancer services program at URMC Center for Community Health. In this role, she directed community-based outreach programs focused on physical activity and nutrition; screenings for prevention and early detection of breast, cervical and colorectal cancers; career development for low-income workers in health care fields; health disparities; and inequities.
“I am honored and eager to take on this new role,” Lucas said. “I appreciate the solid foundation Chris Wagner built that will launch us into our next 25 years. Her vision, experience and leadership has made this transition a smooth one, and prepared us well for future challenges and successes.”
Lucas chairs the African-American Health Coalition and the Race and Health Disparities Workgroup. These coalitions bring together health, government and nonprofit leaders to address issues of health disparities, structural racism and implicit bias that negatively impact the health of community members. Lucas serves on numerous boards of nonprofit organizations, including the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester and University of Rochester Medical Center.
Lucas is a certified executive coach, practiced in building strong, professional teams. She serves as a mentor and preceptor to high school and university students, medical students and residents. She holds a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, a Master of Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Doctor of Education from St. John Fisher College.