August 05, 2014

Anand Named Chief Health Officer

Dr. Shikha AnandShikha Anand, MD, MPH, has joined NICHQ’s executive team as the Chief Health Officer. In this role she leads the programs and evaluation departments and provides leadership and guidance on NICHQ's content and evaluation strategy, business development, and standardization of protocols and metrics across NICHQ's programs.

Anand is a pediatrician with expertise in community health and the patient centered medical home. She has created innovative programs to integrate community supports with healthcare resources for underserved children to improve care for children with obesity, autism, asthma, behavioral health concerns, and special healthcare needs. Prior to being named Chief Health Officer, Anand served as NICHQ’s Director of Strategic Alliances and Initiatives and the Obesity Program Director. In that role, Anand coordinated with the heads of NICHQ’s obesity projects, focusing on strategic planning, development and expanding the organization’s influence in the obesity space. She identified new opportunities for NICHQ to offer its unique quality improvement methodology to help reduce childhood obesity throughout the country.

“Shikha brings enormous passion for addressing the health needs of children and families, especially those living in disadvantaged communities. She combines this passion with excellence in improvement science and clinical care and a proven ability to achieve demonstrable results in the programs she leads,” says NICHQ’s CEO Charlie Homer, MD, MPH. “We are thrilled to recognize her abilities with this promotion and know that NICHQ and our nation's children will benefit from her new leadership role.”

Anand has a long history of championing children’s health, particularly in obesity prevention. After receiving her medical degree from Albany Medical College in 2000 and completing her residency training at Yale New Haven Hospital in 2003, Anand went on to complete a master’s degree in Public Health at Boston University in 2006. For five years she has served as the Pediatric Director at the Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, Mass., where she created and scaled community programs to promote children's health. Anand started the Healthy Weight Clinic, a primary care multi-disciplinary obesity clinic, and cofounded the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, an initiative to bring fresh produce to low-income families across the country. She is passionate about creating equal access to basic resources that promote physical, social and emotional health, especially for underserved children.