Leslie Aldrich is executive director for the Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI). She started at CCHI in 1999 as manager of evaluation and research, moved to director in 2006, and became the associate director of the center in 2009. A big-picture thinker, Leslie has spent much of the past eight years focused on the development and implementation of CCHI’s strategic direction. A staunch advocate for community engagement and working in partnership with others, she works alongside residents and stakeholders to problem solve and assess health needs, building strong, collaborative relationships with elected officials, community activists, policymakers and hospital and health center leaders.
Leslie oversees the work of four community coalitions supported by CCHI, and serves on multiple community and hospital task forces championing a collective approach to addressing the social determinants of health. She is a member of COBTH, a unique collaboration of 13 Boston area teaching hospitals seeking to leverage their collective impact on the communities they serve. Leslie has presented locally and nationally for the American Hospital Association (AHA), Association of Academic Medical Centers (AAMC), Association for Community Health Improvement and the Office of National Drug Control Policy on hospital community partnerships. Leslie received her Master’s degree in Public Health from Boston University and her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Boston College. She lives outside Boston with her husband and two daughters.