Dr. Anafidelia Tavares is a physician with more than 10 years experience advocating for and developing innovative interventions to promote community health. Dr. Tavares is the Director of Programs at the Alzheimer’s Association New York City Chapter. The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s advocacy, research and support. The mission of the Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
She has been staff and a consultant for a variety of nonprofit and government organizations providing her expertise in healthcare, public health program development, and collaboration building to improve care delivery to vulnerable populations by promoting primary care, appropriate screening, early detection and treatment of chronic diseases and other diseases affecting women, children, elders and families. Prior to the Association, she oversaw a Medicaid Redesign demonstration project to improve care coordination between medical and social service providers serving at risk women. She also was the Director of the Women’s Health Initiative at the New York City Department of Health Cancer Program and was responsible for developing and managing citywide initiatives to promote primary care, appropriate screening, early detection and treatment of cancer. She has been faculty at Boston University School of Medicine and Hunter College. Dr. Tavares received a Bachelor of Science and double majored in biology and history at Tufts University. She received her medical degree at the Boston University School of Medicine and completed a Masters of Public Health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health.
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