Health Resources in Action (HRiA), a national leader in public health consulting services and medical research, announced today that Steven Ridini, Ed.D., has been appointed as its new President and Chief Executive Officer effective March 1, 2016.
Dr. Ridini’s selection and appointment follow an extensive national search. He succeeds Ray Considine, HRiA’s former President and CEO, who is retiring this month after 27 years of distinguished service to HRiA and the public health community.
In making the announcement, Harriet Tolpin, Ph.D., Chairperson of HRiA’s Board of Directors, commented, “The Board selected Steve with great confidence and enthusiasm from an impressive pool of highly qualified candidates. Steve brings inspiring vision, facilitative leadership, demonstrated excellence in strategy and business development, and a deep commitment to health equity to this position. He is a skilled and seasoned executive, highly respected by clients, colleagues and thought leaders locally, regionally and nationally. We are excited to work with Steve to continue HRiA’s excellent work and to deepen and broaden its impact on the health and well being of individuals, populations and communities.”
Noted Dr. Ridini, “I am as passionate today about Health Resources in Action’s commitment to equity and social justice as I have ever been. This is an exciting opportunity for HRiA and for me, and I look forward to working with my talented colleagues on both the board and staff, all of whom share the same passion and commitment to our mission.”
“Together,” he added, “we will continue to identify and seize new opportunities; implement innovative policy approaches; and collaborate with funders, other national organizations, and local partners to effect social change and improve health outcomes for our most vulnerable populations.”
HRiA was established in 1957 as a Massachusetts-based and -focused organization with a $2M operating budget. It is now a $14 million nonprofit public health institute that manages ongoing projects in more than 20 states and is an affiliate member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes. Under Ridini’s leadership, HRiA will continue to expand in diverse locales across the country.
Dr. Ridini served as Vice President of Programs at HRiA for 18 years, and is recognized nationally for his leadership in the public health arena. He has 25 years of experience working to improve population health with federal and state agencies, various health-care systems, targeted philanthropy, and community organizations. He also has a proven track record in non-profit management and administration and extensive expertise in evaluation, organizational development, grant making, and coalition building.
Prior to joining HRiA, Dr. Ridini was Director of Prevention Services at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, MA, and the Education Coordinator at PRIDE, Inc., which is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. He worked with USAID in Belize to develop a national alcohol and drug education curriculum for that country.
After earning a Master’s degree in Public Health, Ridini also earned a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University.