People's Center Clinics & Services names Karina Forrest-Perkins as its new Chief Executive Officer

Minneapolis, Minnesota (December 11, 2018)

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People’s Center, a nationally recognized non-profit community health center in south Minneapolis, announced the appointment of Karina Forrest-Perkins as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective January 2, 2019.

“We are thrilled to welcome Karina to lead People’s Center,” said Ann Rogers, board chair for People’s Center, “Her passion, strong background in patient care, and her commitment to integrated services uniquely positions her to lead our organization and advance health equity for our patients. The board is excited to support her in realizing People’s Center’s mission of delivering affordable health care, inspiring hope for our patients, and achieving community wellness.”

Forrest-Perkins joins People’s Center from the Wayside Recovery Center where she served as its Chief Executive Officer since 2014. Under her leadership, Wayside received the 2016 Mission Excellence Award from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits. Forrest-Perkins is also a 2017 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow and is a tribal member of the Cherokee Nation. She has consulted and advocated nationally for the amplification of indigenous voice regarding health disparities and historical trauma.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead such an impactful and mission-driven organization,” said Forrest-Perkins, “Addressing the social determinants of health using integrated care strategies is the future of health care for our community. I believe that People’s Center is a leader in advancing the health and wellbeing of our individuals and families. I am humbled to be a part of the journey toward achieving health equity and am excited to join this phenomenal team.”

Forrest-Perkins takes over the CEO role from interim CEO Ariella Tilsen. “I’m thrilled that Karina will lead People’s Center into its next chapter,” Tilsen said. “Her expertise and background are exactly what the organization needs to build on past successes. She will lead People’s Center into an increasingly patient-and community-centered future.”

Forrest-Perkins joins the organization in the midst of a $6.2 million capital campaign to renovate its Cedar-Riverside facility, expand the range of its health care programs, and serve 2500 additional patients annually.

About People’s Center Clinic & Services

Since its founding in 1970, People’s Center has been a beacon of hope and health for the multiple waves of immigrant and refugee families who arrive in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. PCCS’s mission is to deliver affordable health care, inspire hope, and promote community wellness.

People’s Center offers culturally responsive medical, dental, and behavioral health care and supportive services, and accepts all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. It operates clinics

in three south Minneapolis neighborhoods and serves nearly 9,000 patients. Cedar-Riverside is its main medical and behavioral health clinic; its Family Dental Clinic in Longfellow offers a full range of dental services; and its school-based clinic in the Powderhorn neighborhood serves students at the Wellstone International High School.