Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) is proud to announce that CEO & President, Carlos A. Hernández is the first place winner of the 2017 Influential Health and Medical Leader Award in the category of Mental Health & Psychiatric Services.
Every year, Tucson Local Media honors local medical and healthcare professionals who have made significant contributions and demonstrated outstanding dedication to their work.
At age 47, Hernández is considered a young CEO, and is the first Latino to serve as President and CEO of JFCS of Southern Arizona, a non-profit, non-sectarian specialty provider offering psycho-therapeutic counseling, patient-centered trauma-informed care (PCTI), and social services to thousands of vulnerable community members of all faiths, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations and economic circumstances.
“Under Carlos’ outstanding leadership, JFCS has seen program expansion, technological advancement, and improvement in the delivery of services,” said Fred Fruchthendler, JFCS Board Chair. “This is a significant and well-deserved honor.”
With a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Hernández’s professional experience runs the gamut from clinical work to compliance and Continuous Quality Improvement. Hernández is a licensed psychotherapist, Certified Professional for Healthcare Quality as well as Adjunct Faculty member at ASU School of Social Work, and Pima Community College, Social Services Department.
During his 25-year career, Hernández’s passion for helping the most vulnerable led him to experiences that include coordinating mental health programs for foster children, counseling for homeless teens, and promoting integrated health for migrant workers living on the border.
Previously, Hernández served as Director of Family and Community Partnerships, and successfully guided the implementation of disabilities services, mental health services, and parent engagement services for Head Start at Tucson-based Child-Parent Centers. Prior to this, he was in charge of compliance, quality management, and performance improvement for Pantano Behavioral Health Services in Tucson.
As an influential community health leader, Hernandez’s has devoted his life work to broad-based collaboration, quality improvement, de-stigmatization of mental illness, and achieving mental health parity for low-income and under-insured people. The 3rd Annual Influential Health and Medical Awards event will be held at Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Casino del Sol Resort in Tucson.