UHF Names Denise Arzola Director of Clinical-Community Partnerships
United Hospital Fund has named Denise Arzola, an experienced leader of community-based organizations focused on health, as director of its Clinical-Community Partnerships.
Ms. Arzola comes to UHF from RiseBoro Community Partnerships, where she was a primary consultant in health care integration, and Settlement Health, a health care provider in East Harlem, where she was chief operating officer. Prior to Settlement House, Ms. Arzola was chief operating officer at Bailey House, one of the oldest AIDS service organizations in the nation. She has extensive administrative and clinical experience, improving services and support for individuals affected by a variety of social needs, including homelessness, mental health and substance use disorders, and chronic illness.
“Throughout my career, I have worked to improve access to health care services in underserved communities,” said Ms. Arzola. “I’m excited to take my work to the next level by helping UHF build on its programs that support and enable partnerships between community-based organizations and health care providers throughout the New York region.”
“UHF’s work at the intersection of health care, public health, social services, and communities is crucial to our mission—addressing the broader determinants of health and disparities in health outcomes,” said UHF president Anthony Shih, MD. “Denise’s skills and experience in community outreach will help us continue to strengthen these efforts, particularly at this challenging time. We welcome her to UHF with great enthusiasm.”
A lifelong New Yorker, Ms. Arzola holds a BA from Pace University and a Master of Social Work from Fordham University’s School of Social Work.