Brittany Silvestri Selected as a 2023 Emerging Leader
Brittany Silvestri, vice president of population health at Hudson Headwaters Health Network, has been awarded a 2023 Emerging Leader Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) in collaboration with the Geiger Gibson Program at George Washington University. The award celebrates young leaders whose work has helped further the health center mission of care and better health for medically underserved patients, communities and special populations. Silvestri was one of 14 leaders awarded from around the country.
Patti Hammond, Hudson Headwaters’ executive vice president and chief operating officer, attended Silvestri’s award ceremony, which kicked off the NACHC 2023 Policy & Issues Forum in Washington, D.C.
“Brittany is well-deserving of this national recognition for her extraordinary work and dedication,” said Hammond. “Her enthusiastic and collaborative leadership keeps patient access at the forefront of all we do, including the expansion of telehealth visits and the implementation of team-based care at our health centers. Brittany’s thoughtful approach is the kind of forward-thinking leadership that will help community health centers like ours to thrive in the generations ahead.”
Brittany Silvestri came to Hudson Headwaters in 2019 as a regional practice leader and advanced to vice president of operations in 2021, becoming the youngest member of the senior leadership team. She acquired operational oversight of 21 health centers throughout seven counties. During the pandemic, she oversaw the implementation of drive-thru testing sites and vaccine transfers throughout rural communities. Originally from Granville, New York, Brittany was a key leader in Hudson Headwaters’ launch of a mobile health center in Washington County, which also helped deliver tests and vaccinations to children, migrant farm workers and other vulnerable populations during the height of the pandemic. In 2023, Brittany became the vice president of population health, overseeing programs and resources that address health improvement of the communities served by Hudson Headwaters.
“I am so appreciative to my colleagues not only for their continued support but also for creating a space where we can all succeed,” said Silvestri when accepting the award. “I am truly honored and inspired to be in the company of so many transformational leaders throughout the country who work tirelessly to advance health equity in our communities.”
The Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health was established in 2004 and named for Drs. H. Jack Geiger and Count Gibson, pioneers in community health practice and tireless advocates for civil and human rights. Located within the Department of Health Policy and Management at George Washington’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, the Geiger Gibson Program focuses on policy issues that affect health centers, their communities and the patients they serve.