click to enlarge Antony Chiang. - YOUNG KWAK
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Antony Chiang.

Antony Chiang, the founding president of Empire Health Foundation, announced his resignation last week.

Chiang is leaving for a job as CEO for Dogwood Health Trust in Asheville, North Carolina. In a statement, he says it is "incredibly hard" for him to leave Empire Health Foundation.

"I am so grateful for the honor and privilege to have served the communities and tribes of Eastern Washington," Chiang says. "I look back on nearly 10 years of impact and could not be prouder of them. I will continue to cheer them on for another incredible 10 years of impact going forward."

Empire Health Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of people across the region. Among the accomplishments in Chiang's tenure, Empire Health helped reduce the uninsured rate in the region, improve the childhood obesity rate and reduce out-of-school suspension rates.

The current chair of Empire Health's board, Jeffrey Bell, will serve as interim president as the board searches for Chiang's successor.

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