Mary Blankson APRN is the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Community Health Center, Inc., overseeing diverse nursing services across the CHC network, including primary care, health care for the homeless, and school based health services. As CNO she ensures the quality and expansion of nursing services, the development of nursing policy, and continuing nurse education. Mary also works collaboratively to ensure Joint Commission and Patient Centered Medical Home compliance throughout CHC. Building upon her service in various missions organizations, Mary continued to develop her passion for meeting the needs of the underserved by earning her MSN at Yale University in 2005. Mary joined CHC as a family nurse practitioner shortly after graduation. While at CHC, Mary has served as the On-Site Medical Director of the New London County Sites, the Vice President of the Medical Staff, the Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and has served as a preceptor for CHC’s Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. She has earned a DNP at Johns Hopkins University. Mary is certified and holds professional membership in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
While in New London as a primary care provider, Mary was the New London County Project ECHO HIV/HCV representative. Her passion to support the management of hepatitis C within the primary care setting is what promoted her choosing her DNP capstone entitled: “Increasing Identification and Treatment Referral of Individuals with Hepatitis C (HCV) in the Primary Care Setting Through Clinical Dashboards.” She continues to support various other quality improvement projects throughout the agency to increase the visibility of nursing’s contribution to the Medical Home.