Charleta B. Tavares
Chief Executive Officer
PrimaryOne Health

Charleta Tavares is a health and human services, cultural competence, and health equity advocate and policymaker with recognition at local, state, and national levels. She was appointed as the CEO of PrimaryOne Health in 2015, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in central Ohio (formerly known as the Columbus Neighborhood Health Center).

The mission of PrimaryOne Health is to provide access to services that improve the health status of families, including persons who are experiencing financial, social, or cultural barriers to health care. PrimaryOne Health is the oldest and largest FQHC in central Ohio and serves more than 37,000 patients at 11 locations in Columbus, Franklin, and Pickaway Counties.

Ms. Tavares’s leadership has allowed PrimaryOne Health to experience tremendous growth in primary care, including dental, vision, OB/GYN, pediatrics, and family medicine services. Her vision also has enabled PrimaryOne Health to integrate behavioral health and expand specialty services to include pharmacy, nutrition, physical therapy, gastroenterology, and cardiology services. PrimaryOne Health recently initiated a pilot recuperative/respite care program with the YMCA, Central Ohio Hospital Council, and Community Shelter Board for homeless residents who are discharged from hospitals.

Ms. Tavares previously served as Executive Director of the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence. The mission of this statewide nonprofit membership organization is to enhance the quality of care in Ohio’s healthcare system and incorporate culturally competent models of practice into systems and organizations that provide services to diverse populations across the state.

Ms. Tavares was a founding member and chair emerita of the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation. She currently serves as a member of the Ohio Statewide Health Disparities Collaborative; Regional Health Equity Council (Region V); Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Community and Faith Initiative; and Franklin County Community Conversations on Mental Health. She is the current chair of the National WAND Education Fund board and has been a member of the Ohio Senate since 2011. She serves as the Assistant Minority Leader.