Amy Valukas joined Erie Family Health Centers in 2003 and served as Vice President of Patient Support Services from 2012 to 2016. As Chief Operating Officer, Amy ensures that Erie is focused on performance outcomes and the achievement of long- and short-term goals within its strategic plan, while adhering to the organization’s mission, vision and values.
Amy brings more than 20 years’ experience in public health programs, administration and leadership. With over 12 years of diverse and increasingly responsible experience at Erie, Amy has a long history of successfully leading large-scale initiatives and expansions as well as broad knowledge of the evolving healthcare landscape.
In Ms. Valukas’ role as Vice President of Patient Support Services, she ensured the successful opening and initial implementation of Erie’s two newest health centers, Erie HealthReacth Waukegan Health Center and Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center, Erie’s first location outside of Chicago.
Prior, Ms. Valukas served as Erie’s Senior Director of Youth and Community Programs. She also founded Erie’s Health Promotion Department and facilitated its growth from two diabetes educators to its current 50 full-time employees. She also implemented multiple health promotion programs in areas such as mammography screening and diabetes, which have served thousands of patients and received national recognition as best practices. In addition, Ms. Valukas helped Erie to grow from one school-based site to one of the largest providers of adolescent health services in Chicago with five current school-based locations and one stand-alone Teen and Young Adult Health Center.
Before joining Erie, Ms. Valukas served as the Director of The Rush Community Service Initiatives Program (RCSIP), which matches Rush University medical students with community service opportunities. In this capacity, she provided oversight for approximately 100 medical students each year. Many of these students continue serving in a community capacity and their health promotion projects are still in place today.
Ms. Valukas has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois in Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Beloit College.