Rural communities face a unique set of health disparities that are not seen in urban areas, largely because of structural urbanism: the elements of our health care system that disadvantage rural communities as they seek to enhance, maintain or rebuild health care infrastructure to support population health. And migrant workers…
Sirene Garcia, MSM
Chief Innovation Officer, Finger Lakes Community Health
Sirene Garcia came to Finger Lakes Community Health (FLCH) in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree from Keuka College. With her bilingual language skills and bicultural experience, she was an important addition to an organization trying to serve a very diverse population. Sirene served as a Community Health Worker, assisting agricultural workers to access health services, as well as a Certified Facilitated Enroller. In 2006, Sirene became the Coordinator of the FLCH Migrant Voucher Program, providing care in 42 counties of NY through a statewide voucher system. She also directed an Insurance Enrollment program providing financial advocacy assistance to patients across NY.
In 2009, Sirene became a key member of FLCH’s Administrative team. Her wide range of expertise gave her the ability to develop programs and new initiatives as the Director of Special Programs. As the FLCH telehealth program grew, Sirene played a pivotal role in helping to bring on new partners and to work with a variety of individuals and agencies that were interested in using technology to expand services.
Her work today continues with a Master of Science in Management degree in looking for innovative ways to provide quality access to care as the Chief Innovation Officer at Finger Lakes Community Health.