Hewett Chiu

MHA Site MPA-Health - 2015

Executive Director
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Hewett Chiu

How would you describe your experience as a Wagner student?

Wagner was extremely encouraging and practical. A constant theme throughout my student experience was the ability to apply concepts taught in the classroom to real-world applications and challenges. Faculty and students strive to create an open, honest, and inclusive culture where it’s acceptable to make mistakes and learn from them. Even though the structural analyses and frameworks taught are oftentimes simplified models of the real world, the “messiness” and reality of the real world was never left out of my experience. Now, as an adjunct faculty at Wagner, I strive to impart the same thought process and encouragement to my students.

How did your Wagner experience prepare you professionally for what you are doing today?

My Wagner experience armed me with both the soft and hard skill sets I needed to manage complex health programs and systems. I was given the tools and frameworks needed to think through challenges, but also developed myself as a manager, a leader, and an innovative problem solver.

Describe your current job.

At the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, I oversee the citywide primary care clinical practice transformation for the NYC Mental Health Service Corps, the Mayor’s and First Lady’s priority initiative to integrate behavioral health into primary care environments.  This is a multi-million dollar, long-term citywide investment in transforming the primary care landscape to offer collaborative behavioral health for vulnerable and high-risk populations.  Additionally, I serve as the Chairman of the Bureau of PCIP Field Managers Council and lead the Program Synergy Committee, both of which work on streamlining and aligning programmatic and operational management across diverse primary care programs citywide.