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Denard Cummings

by Jasmine Batchelor

August 13, 2019

Director, Bureau of Social Determinants of Health,
New York State Department of Health

Denard Cummings is the Director of the Bureau of Social Determinants of Health, within the Office of Health Insurance Programs (OHIP) at the New York State Department of Health. The Bureau has the primary responsibility of integrating health and human services in New York State. Prior to this appointment, Denard was the Director of the Bureau of Supportive Housing where he functioned as the supervising manager of the Medicaid Redesign Team Supportive Housing Initiative. As the Director of the Bureau of Supportive Housing, he was a staunch advocate for the reality that Housing is Healthcare.

Mr. Cummings is currently pursuing a Doctor of Public Health degree at the University at Albany, School of Public Health. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Mr. Cummings has over a decade of professional experience in New York State Government with policy interest in Human Service, Juvenile Justice, Higher Education and Health. He is a subject matter expert on supportive housing and social determinants of health. Under Mr. Cummings leadership the Bureau of Social Determinants of Health is working to transform the New York State healthcare delivery system by incorporating Community Based Organizations and addressing Social Determinants of Health to improve the quality of care and health outcomes for vulnerable populations.