Yuvo Health, a New York-based technology-enabled administrative and managed-care solution provider for community health centers, announced Coppell executive Selase Dow as its new chief operating officer.
Dow, who will remain based in the Dallas-Fort Worth city, brings more than two decades of managed care experience to the New York startup. Dow has worked closely with large physician organizations in North Texas to implement financial and care models and has a deep background in operations, ACO management, contracting, and more.
Yuvo Health is a New York-based startup founded in 2021 by a BIPOC founding team. The company aims to provide administrative and managed-care contracting services to Federally Qualified Health Centers, or FQHCs, to help unlock revenue streams with value-based care. Last year in January, Yuvo Health announced a $7.3 million seed round of funding and its plans to use the financing to expand its initial program, develop proprietary tech tools and platforms, and strengthen partnerships in key markets in the U.S. At the time, the startup noted plans to expand its leadership in its product, engineering, and population-health strategy areas.
“We’re excited to welcome Selase to our leadership team as our new COO, especially given his passion for health equity, and improving the quality of plans that benefit the most historically underserved populations,” Cesar Herrera, CEO and co-founder of Yuvo Health, said in a statement.
Herrera says Dow’s network, which was “cultivated over his two-decade career, supports primary care physicians and their patients in value-based environments, while bringing health equity to marginalized communities and seeing them thrive.”
In his new role for the startup, Dow is responsible for building and scaling Yuvo’s value-based care operations to ensure success for their FQHC partners, which includes managed care contracting, customer success, and both internal and client operations, the company said.
“Stepping into this exciting new role, I’ll continue to expand Yuvo’s nationally recognized partnership with FQHCs and help them harness the power of population health to improve the health and social wellbeing of those in greatest need,” Dow said in a statement. “As we scale our innovative tech-enabled programs and expertise to transform the future of FQHCs, I look forward to partnering with Yuvo’s dynamic team.”
According to the Dallas Business Journal, Dow would like to expand Yuvo Health to serve Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas.
“The demand is there. There’s a lot of migration into Dallas,” Dow said in the publication.
Dow most recently was COO at Innovista Health Solutions where he established a strong companywide operational infrastructure to support government and commercial population health programs.
His responsibilities there included building and leading physician networks in navigating transitions in healthcare delivery, value-based contracts, and strategic alignment to drive up success.
Before Innovista, Selase held various leadership roles at Anthem (Elevance) and Universal American’s TexanPlus (WellCare), growing Medicare Advantage and dual population plans by supporting primary care physicians and their patients to thrive in value-based and risk-based payment models, Yuvo said.
Yuvo Health recently announced a partnership with Public Health Solutions to better support community health centers and address their patients’ social drivers of health, as well as PCDC to provide Federally Qualified Health Centers with access to support services through upside-risk contracts.
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