Nominee: Charles Shorter
Organization: Ryan Health
Charles Shorter is Executive Director of Ryan Health | Adair and Frederick Douglass, two health center sites of Ryan Health, located in Harlem, NY. Charles has over 25 years of experience dedicated to health and social services, including sixteen years as a staff member of Ryan Health, nine of them as Executive Director. Charles works tirelessly to serve the Harlem community, including weekends where he often leads community health outreach efforts to make health care services accessible to individuals who otherwise would not get care. This includes promoting HIV testing and prevention efforts, cardiovascular disease management in a population disproportionately affected, and mental health services for disenfranchised populations. His center recently launched Harlem Heals to encourage comprehensive physical and mental wellness in the community.
Throughout his career, Charles has been a leader in fighting HIV and AIDS in New York City, particularly focused on the African American and LGBTQ communities. Before becoming Executive Director, Charles served as the Director of Special projects at Ryan Chelsea-Clinton, where he oversaw the Center’s HIV Services, including the provision of primary medical care, case management, and HIV testing and counseling for infected and affected populations.
Charles is a Board Member of several community-based organizations and has also been the Community Co-Chair of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s HIV Health and Human Services Council. He is the Co-Chair of the New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute’s Faith Communities project – Manhattan Region. Last year, he was recognized for his significant contribution to healthcare and the Harlem community with one of the 1st Annual Harlem’s Outstanding People of Excellence (H.O.P.E.) award. He was recently appointed to the Bronx Borough President’s End the Epidemic Roundtable for his expertise and community efforts for ending AIDS. Charles often says that he is grateful for the opportunity to do the work he does that his faith calls him to do.