June 19 Speaker - Nancy Johnson - CEO - El Rio Community Health Center
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Nancy Johnson, RN, MSN, MS, PhD
Nancy Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer for El Rio Community Health Center, one of the largest
federally qualified health centers in the country. She is a registered nurse graduating with a BSN from
Illinois Wesleyan University. Dr Johnson also holds masters degrees in both nursing from the University
of Illinois and a masters in marketing and business from the University of Arizona Eller College. Her
doctoral research was on provider perspectives in caring for the uninsured population, leading to her
completion of her PhD in Health Services.

Nancy has held positions as a clinician, a faculty member in nursing, business, and medicine, as well as
an administrator. She spent over 15 years with Tucson Medical Center, building community health and
wellness programs, acquiring and managing medical practices for the TMC system, and expanding
community networks. Today, in addition to her role as El Rio’s CEO, she continues to serve as an adjunct
clinical professor for the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She has authored a textbook with
her husband, entitled “The Care of the Uninsured in America” and most recently, an article in Nursing
Administration Quarterly on Healthcare for the Homeless. Dr Johnson is a recent recipient of the
University of Arizona’s Cecil B. Hart Humanitarian Award as well as the 2016 Distinguished Alumni
Award from Illinois Wesleyan University.