Middletown, Conn. and Denver, Col., May 14: The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA), a new educational institution created to transform the way medical assistants are educated, trained, and prepared for practice in team-based primary care settings, announces the appointment of its first CEO, Naveen R. Kanithi.
Mark Masselli, Chairperson of NIMAA and President/CEO of NIMAA’s parent corporation, Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC), noted that Kanithi’s appointment is a major step forward in the development of this start-up institution, which was created in 2015 through a partnership between CHC of Connecticut and Salud Family Health Centers of Colorado. Both organizations are well established community health centers with a focus on clinical excellence and training the next generation. According to Masselli, “NIMAA is the result of our commitment to excellence in health care, but also to our communities and our workforce, including the creation of good jobs.”
Masselli commented, “Naveen Kanithi is the ideal candidate for this new venture. He has a deep background in education and social policy, has created a number of new initiatives in his career and has been deeply engaged in workforce development, both in the US and abroad. Working with his team of education specialists, clinicians, and business development staff, he will be leading NIMAA’s growth across the US, where it currently has programs in five states: Connecticut, Colorado, Hawaii, Pennsylvania and New Mexico.
Kanithi received his undergraduate degree from New York University and his graduate degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and most recently worked with the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association in Seattle, WA.
NIMAA has received support from the Colorado Health Foundation to establish multiple education and training sites for medical assistants in Colorado.