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Essential Access Health Announces New Executive Leadership

Nomsa Khalfani + Amy Moy Named Co-CEOs

September 19, 2022 - Essential Access Health (Essential Access) has announced that Nomsa Khalfani, PhD and Amy Moy have been appointed by the organization’s Board of Directors to serve as Co-CEOs. 

Essential Access champions and promotes health equity and high quality sexual and reproductive health care for all across California and Hawai'i, and in states across the country. The organization’s transition to a Co-CEO leadership model taps the complementary expertise and experience of two seasoned leaders to advance the organization’s mission and its commitment to shaping the future of sexual and reproductive health access in a post-Roe landscape with an equity lens.

Khalfani and Moy succeed Julie Rabinovitz who resigned as President and CEO on September 6th.

“The Co-CEO model represents the Board’s confidence in Nomsa’s and Amy’s capabilities and shared leadership vision, and aligns with the culture of inclusion and empowerment we want to foster internally and catalyze externally at this critical juncture in sexual and reproductive health. We have a diverse and exceptionally dedicated and capable team at Essential Access and it feels only right that our 'new' leadership arises from - and represents - that diversity and talent,” said Nina Kjellson, Essential Access Board Chairwoman. 

“These are unprecedented times - and we are at a moment when we need to reimagine what leadership looks like, and how we engage and collaborate both within our own organizations and as a collective movement,” said Khalfani. “I am proud of the work Amy and I have achieved as part of the Essential Access leadership team to date, and know together we can and will advance our vision for sexual and reproductive health access, equity, and justice for Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, those with limited resources, and others who have been historically marginalized,” she added.

“I am deeply proud and honored to steward the next chapter for Essential Access with Nomsa,” said Moy. “The dangerous and harmful patchwork of abortion bans and restrictions sweeping the nation has exponentially exacerbated inequities that have existed for far too long – particularly among communities of color and people with low-incomes. The new landscape demands new approaches, including centering equity from the inside out,” said Moy.

About Essential Access

Essential Access was established more than fifty years ago, grounded in the belief that the ability to plan our families and futures and make informed, autonomous choices about our sexual and reproductive health are essential for overall health and well-being.  The organization’s 2021 – 2024 Strategic Framework and Equity Principles provide a roadmap for the organization’s work over the next fifty years to advance health equity and make access to high quality, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services and information a reality for all.

Nomsa Khalfani has served at Essential Access since 2014. In addition to serving as Co-CEO, she will continue to serve as the organization’s Chief Strategy + Equity Officer and head of strategic programs and business development.  Before joining Essential Access, Khalfani held several leadership roles at St. John's Well Child and Family Center, a network of federally qualified health centers. She brings over 20 years of experience in child welfare, public health, and health care operations and programs to her new role. Learn more about Nomsa Khalfani.

Amy Moy joined Essential Access in 2011 and will continue to serve as Chief External Affairs Officer leading the organization’s federal and state policy efforts, strategic communications activities, fund development, and patient education and consumer awareness initiatives.  Prior to Essential Access, Amy developed and advanced community engagement and advocacy programs at the Women’s Funding Network and launched and directed the network’s national campaign to end child sex trafficking in America.  Before her work with Women’s Funding Network, she had a 10-year career in public affairs at Planned Parenthood affiliates in California’s Bay Area and New York City. Learn more about Amy Moy.

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