June 14th-CommUnityCare Health Centers Announces the Hire of Nicholas Yagoda, MD as Chief Medical Officer

It is with distinct pleasure that Central Texas Community Health Centers (dba CommUnityCare) announces Dr. Nicholas Yagoda as our Chief Medical Officer (CMO). 

As CMO, Dr. Yagoda is responsible for the overall clinical leadership, provider practice, and overall performance and advancement of a diverse provider group that has the privilege of caring for underserved residents of Austin and its surrounding areas.

Dr. Yagoda joined CommUnityCare in 2014 and throughout his tenure with us has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to strengthening the health and well-being of the patients and families we are so privileged to care for.  He currently serves as CommUnityCare’s Associate CMO and has been intimately involved in our response to the coronavirus pandemic and our recent implementation of Epic systemwide. Nick has also been a physician champion with several other initiatives including the continued evolution of our care model and is a demonstrated champion for health equity.  Since 2014, Nick has continuously cared for our communities as a family medicine physician with a focus on HIV and addiction medicine.  He further helped develop the region's first treatment program for uninsured people with opioid use disorders and is a founding member of the Fast Track Cities/Getting to Zero Taskforce to end the HIV epidemic in Travis County.

Dr. Yagoda is also an Assistant Professor of Population Health at the University of Texas at Austin – Dell Medical School and his writing has been published in peer-reviewed journals including The Annals of Family Medicine, The Journal of Family Practice, and Nature. He is from Brooklyn, New York, completed his medical education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, and his post-graduate training at the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) based Lawrence Family Medicine Residency in northeastern Massachusetts. 

“We are very much looking forward to our continued efforts at CommUnityCare in advancing health equity for all within Central Texas, but especially for the low-income and underserved communities we are so privileged to serve.” stated CommUnityCare’s President and CEO, Jaeson Fournier.  He further stated, “Dr. Yagoda is an exceptional physician, but more importantly an extraordinary individual with a steadfast commitment to enhancing the lives through the delivery of robust, evidence based, and high-quality primary care.”

June 3rd-CommUnityCare Health Centers Announces the Hire of Tara Trower as Chief Strategy Officer

(Austin) – CommUnityCare Health Centers welcomes Tara Trower as their new chief strategy officer (CSO) effective June 14th, 2021. As CSO, Tara will assist CommUnityCare in leading and advancing strategic initiatives and planning efforts, overseeing community engagement and communications, expanding the development and philanthropy footprint, and continuing to foster strong relationships with community partners. 


Tara brings more than 20 years of experience in communications and operations and is a highly regarded, data-driven leader. She most recently served as the chief of staff for The University of Texas at Austin’s  senior vice president and chief financial officer, where she planned and managed strategic initiatives for a portfolio of 44 operational units and consulted on communications and media relations strategy for several departments. Tara also spent more than 18 years as a journalist, covering education, politics, government, and community issues in Central Texas, most notably as senior editor for opinion and commentary (Viewpoints) for the Austin American-Statesman.


“We are very much looking forward to Tara joining our team as we continue our mission to strengthen the health and well-being of the communities we serve, working diligently to increase health equity within the medically underserved communities of Austin and surrounding counties,” CommUnityCare CEO Jaeson Fournier said.

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