MFH Program Director Accepts Position as President and CEO in Rochester, NY


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Missouri Foundation for Health
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MFH Program Director Accepts Position as President and CEO in Rochester, NY
Matthew A. Kuhlenbeck named new head of Greater Rochester Health Foundation

ST. LOUIS, MO (November 15, 2018) – Missouri Foundation for Health officially announces the resignation of Program Director Matthew A. Kuhlenbeck, who has accepted the position of president and CEO at Greater Rochester Health Foundation in Rochester, NY, effective January 14, 2019.

In his 16-year tenure at MFH, Kuhlenbeck has served in various capacities and played a pivotal role in improving the health and well-being of residents in 84 counties and the city of St. Louis. In partnership with Foundation staff and community partners, he strategically led a variety of program- and policy-related efforts, including the Foundation’s tobacco cessation initiative, which contributed to a significant decline in tobacco use across the state. Kuhlenbeck also worked in the areas of healthy housing access, childhood obesity reduction, behavioral health, and rural health access. For five years, he was an adjunct faculty member at Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice.

“Matt’s leadership will have a lasting impact on MFH for years to come,” said MFH President and CEO Bob Hughes. “While he will be missed, I know he will do significant things for Greater Rochester Health Foundation and the community at large. We are sad to see him leave us, but excited for what’s to come for him and his career. I’ve always known he would move on and continue to do great work in the name of health and wellness.” 

“I can’t express enough how much I’ve learned and the opportunities I’ve had during my time at MFH,” said Kuhlenbeck. “I would never have been able to pursue this opportunity without the insight I’ve gained from working with the staff, Board of Directors, and Community Advisory Council, in addition to those I’ve connected with across the state. It has been my honor to work for MFH for all these years and to be a part of the many efforts to improve the health of those most in need in Missouri. I am forever grateful.”

Kuhlenbeck holds a Master of Health Administration from Saint Louis University’s School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health and Health Administration from Northern Illinois University’s School of Public Health. He is close to completing his Ph.D. in Health Management and Policy (anticipated spring 2019). Kuhlenbeck serves as co-chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Violence Prevention, board vice chair of Gateway Center for Giving, founding member of the Funders Alliance for State-Based Tobacco Control, and a program steering committee member for the National Conference on Tobacco or Health. In 2014, he received a Grantmakers in Health Terrance Kennan Institute Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy.

A native of Mt. Zion, IL, Kuhlenbeck will move to Rochester in January and be later joined by his wife Amanda and their two children in the spring after completion of their academic year.

Missouri Foundation for Health is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, the Foundation improves the health of Missourians through partnership, experience, knowledge, and funding.