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Jackson Health System Hires Roy Hawkins as CEO of Jackson North Medical Center

Jackson Health System named Roy L. Hawkins Jr. the senior VP and CEO of the 382-bed Jackson North Medical Center.

Hawkins, a Miami native, was recently COO of Johnston-Willis Hospital, with 292 bed facility in Richmond, Virginia that is part of CJW Medical Center. He helped the hospital achieve a record-breaking year for patient volumes and led it to achieve Comprehensive Stroke Center certification. Before that, Hawkins held executive positions in the Veteran Affairs health care system, including as interim CEO and COO of James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa.


“We are so proud to have recruited Roy, a Miami native who not only knows but understands the 

medical needs of our community,” said Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System. “His widespread knowledge of healthcare, along with his strategic managerial skills, will no doubt push Jackson North Medical Center into an even brighter future.” Hawkins was born at Jackson Memorial Hospital, the flagship facility of the public health system. He graduated from Miami Carol City Senior High School, obtained a bachelor of business administration from Howard University and a master of health administration from Florida International University. ​“I am honored to return to Miami-Dade County, a place I proudly call home and humbled to have been selected to join the Jackson Health System team,” Hawkins said. “I look forward to joining the dynamic team of healthcare professionals at Jackson North. It is a privilege to be part of this organization, a source of great pride in the Miami-Dade community that impacts the lives of hundreds of people every day.”

Darren Brownlee Selected for New National Leadership Program to Build Health Equity

Leaders from Honolulu, to Providence, R.I.—working across a range of fields, including social policy, community development, public health, and government—have been selected to participate in the Culture of Health Leaders program. These leaders will explore a diversity of pressing issues in health and equity, such as addressing the legacy of structural violence and denial of access to basic needs for marginalized communities; using physical design and other traffic calming measures to improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists; and spearheading a new community garden that teaches kids about culture, race, and poverty. As one of 40 selected applicants, Darren Brownlee, Assistant Administrator, Johns Hopkins Medicine / Doctoral Student, Johns Hopkins University joins Culture of Health Leaders, a program co-led by the National Collaborative for Health Equity and CommonHealth 

ACTION with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Brownlee will join leaders from across the country to collaborate and innovate to solve persistent challenges and advance a Culture of Health—one that places well-being at the center of every aspect of life.  Along the way, he will develop high-level leadership through professional coaching, mentoring, networking, and an advanced leadership curriculum. While participating in the program, he will continue working full-time, applying new knowledge and leadership in his workplace and community. “We’re excited to welcome the second cohort of Culture of Health Leaders, who are authentically engaging with communities to elevate their voices and create an equitable, healthy nation,” said Brian Smedley, Culture of Health Leaders co-director and executive director and co-founder of the National Collaborative for Health Equity. Natalie Burke, Culture of Health Leaders co-director and executive director of CommonHealth Action notes, “These leaders demonstrate a willingness to engage in the deep, transformative work necessary to strengthen their leadership and their communities while creating opportunities for all people to achieve their best possible health.”  The 40 selected leaders join the efforts of the first cohort of Culture of Health Leaders and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to build a Culture of Health. Program partners providing training and coaching to leaders include: American Planning Association, Build Healthy Places Network, Center for Creative Leadership, Institute for Alternative Futures, and Leadership Learning Community. Culture of Health Leaders is one of a number of leadership development programs supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). These programs continue RWJF’s legacy of supporting the development and diversity of leaders. Initially focused on health and health care, the programs have been expanded, because the Foundation knows that building a Culture of Health requires all of us in every sector, profession, and discipline to work together. The next application period for many of these programs will open in early 2018.  Additional information is available at