Looking at the 'full picture' of community health
Community clinics must have a holistic approach to healthcare says Barbara Bungy. She will be Philadelphia FIGHT’s new Chief Operating Officer for community health centers.
“The community needs affordable health care,” she said. “Not just for the treatment of HIV/AIDS but for other treatments as well. This idea of ‘well-care’. Diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, women’s and men’s health, pediatrics, you name it. You have to look at the full picture of what is needed to help the community.”
FIGHT is a community health organization which serves low-income communities. In her new role, Bungy will oversee the centers and make sure they are running efficiently and safely. She begins her new job on March 7.
“It’s totally an honor,” said Bungy. “I’m still in shock and awe that I’ve been chosen. I have a close relationship with FIGHT and the team there and they are all wonderful.”
Since 2012, Bungy has served on FIGHT’s board of directors. She comes from a public health background having worked for the Drexel University College of Medicine through the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. During her time there she has been the Executive Director for the Center of the Urban Child, HIV Prevention Services Program Manager, and the Director of Grant Funded Programs within the Dorothy Mann Center for Pediatric & Adolescent HIV.
“We’re truly excited to welcome Barbara to our senior management team,” said Executive Director Jane Shull. “She has been an outstanding Board Member at FIGHT, and a valued community partner and volunteer for many years. We’re confident that she is the perfect fit for this newly-created position.”
Bungy is a graduate of Rowan and Drexel universities, earning a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Business Administration at Drexel.
“In my current position I deal a lot with the non-clinical aspects of our program,” she said. “Things like mental health, social work, the prevention team. So seeing as I already have worked in a position that almost runs parallel to FIGHT’s efforts, I feel comfortable with the the transition.”
In her new position, Bungy said she hopes to help with the rebranding FIGHT to the community as well as continuing to educate and outreach. The organization has grown much in its 25 years, said Bungy. Going from a staff of three or four people to one of well over 150.
“Today, we’re [a community organization] and so much more now that we are a health center,” she said. We have a lot more to offer on our non-clinical side too. For example, our AIDS education is a huge part of our program. But it’s all about understanding the needs of the community and getting the word out about what we are doing to meet those needs.”
FIGHT’s reach is large for it’s size. They boast a reach of over 8,000 individuals a year. The organization began with a goal to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It has since grown to have three health centers and offers services like dental care and behavioral health amongst others.
“Bottom line, my goal is really to be a support for Jane Shull and the organization,” said Bungy. “She is smart, passionate and a true visionary and she has staffed this organization with people who genuinely care about the clients they serve.”