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Catherine Dunham

VP, Community Improvement; Director, POAH Fund

Cathy Dunham is POAH's Vice President, Resident Services and Community Improvement, helping to develop and implement an expanded strategy for making POAH's housing a “platform for success” for residents.

In prior positions, she was the Executive Director of the Children’s Dental Health Project and the President and Founder of The Access Project, a research and advocacy organization that improved access to health care for people without adequate health insurance. She served as the Special Advisor to the President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and was also national program director of the Community Health Leadership Program supported by the Johnson Foundation from 1991 to 2007. From 1984-1991 she was the chief health and human services policy advisor to Governor Michael S. Dukakis of Massachusetts and prior to that was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers.

Cathy received her Masters in Education and her Doctorate in Social Analysis in Education from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. She has faculty appointments at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Brandeis University.