May 24, 2024 1:01 am
Community health leader in Multnomah County resigns after less than a year

Multnomah County’s community health center, led by Darnell “DJ” Rhodes for less than a year, has seen several resignations. Rhodes, who was hired in April and earned $273,000 per year as executive director, stepped down on Friday after facing discrimination as a Black leader in his role.

Rhodes oversaw eight primary care health centers, seven dental clinics, seven pharmacies, and nine student health centers. However, he faced challenges and was placed on paid administrative leave in October. Despite returning from leave in January, Rhodes resigned in February. His departure was part of a series of exits from the health center system that also included Jeff Perry and Bernadette Thomas. Serena Cruz stated that their decisions were unrelated to Rhodes’ resignation.

The county officials are looking for qualified individuals to fill the vacancies left by Rhodes, Perry, and Thomas while working towards overcoming challenges and maintaining their commitment to providing accessible and equitable health care services to all residents. The community health center system will continue to provide quality health care services to the community despite recent turmoil. Subscribe today to to support quality journalism.

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