Megan Deichler is the Executive Director of the Catskill-Hudson Area Health Education Center (CHAHEC), an organization focused on supporting the healthcare workforce through providing educational opportunities for youth, students, and existing health professionals. CHAHEC covers an 11-county catchment area in the Hudson Valley which includes Dutchess County and has worked on career exploration programs with youth in the City of Poughkeepsie. A goal of CHAHEC is to bring more diversity to the health workforce and encourage historically underrepresented students to consider careers in healthcare.
Prior to joining CHAHEC, Megan spent years working in a variety of areas of public health, including population health research and health philanthropy. Megan spent several years working with the philanthropic organization, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. While at Helmsley, Megan helped lead the development of a number of grantmaking strategies to improve access to healthcare and essential medicines in low-resource settings. Earlier in her career, Megan worked at New York University (NYU) on population health research, on topics including Lyme disease and HIV/AIDS incidence among vulnerable youth in New York City.
Megan holds a Master of Public Health degree in International and Community Health from NYU and a bachelor’s degree from Manhattanville College. She volunteers with the Dutchess-Orange region United Way and is a member of its community impact council. Megan lives in the City of Poughkeepsie with her husband and their dog.