Vice President, U.S. Program
As vice president of Americares U.S. Program, Edith Lee, LCSW, drives the strategic direction of the organization’s health programming in the United States. She is responsible for designing, implementing and directing innovative clinic-based programs that expand access to care for millions of low-income, uninsured and under-insured patients, including programs to prevent diabetes, expand health equity and improve the quality of patient care.
Americares U.S. Program supports more than 1,000 clinics and health centers serving more than 7 million patients in need with medicine, supplies, education and training. The largest nonprofit provider of donated medicine to the U.S. health care safety net, Americares distributes more than $200 million in prescription and over-the-counter medications annually to nonprofit health centers all across the U.S.
Lee brings to Americares leadership experience in the health and human services sector as well as knowledge as a mental health service provider through her work as a licensed clinical social worker. Prior to joining Americares in 2019, Lee served as chief support officer and executive director of supportive services for Hidalgo Medical Services, a federally qualified health center in southwest New Mexico, where she was responsible for overseeing the development and execution of key programs, process improvements and performance metrics. Lee previously served as the director of Forward New Mexico at Hidalgo Medical Services, where she oversaw a health care workforce development program to address the health care provider shortage in rural New Mexico.
Lee earned a master’s degree in social work from Western New Mexico University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University.