Desiree de la Torre
Director, Community Affairs and Population Health Improvement
Children’s National Health System
Clinical care inside four walls tends to be the focus when it comes to changing health outcomes yet some results could be modified by individual behavior and social circumstance.
Health inequities exist and Desiree de la Torre, Director of Community Affairs and Population Health Improvement for Children’s National Health System is driven to help residents and communities overcome these barriers.
“I feel we (at Children’s National) have such a responsibility being a strong brand in Maryland and Washington, D.C. that we need to do more than just provide clinical care and be able to provide other services that make people stay healthy and well,” she said.
Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, de la Torre earned a master’s in public health from Boston University and a master’s in medical services management from Johns Hopkins University. She spent six years working in the Johns Hopkins Health System as a senior project manager, assistant director for health policy planning and director for community health improvement before moving to her current position at Children’s National in 2015 as Director for Community Affairs and Population Health Improvement.
In October, she became a commissioner for the Montgomery County Commission on Health. The position allows her to work with council members and those at the county level to allow her a bigger impact and have an opportunity to influence the policy and decision makers that extend beyond the health care system.