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Oladipo Alao M.D. joins MetroPlusHealth Health Plan as Associate Medical Director, HIV Services

Nov 29, 2010

New York, NY

MetroPlusHealth Health Plan announced today that Oladipo Alao M.D., MPH has been named Associate Medical Director, HIV Services. Dr. Alao comes to MetroPlusHealth with nine years of clinical HIV experience including post-doctoral training as a Fellow in Infectious Diseases at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation’s Harlem Hospital Center where he served as Attending Physician and Infectious Diseases Clinic Medical Director. Prior to that, during his residency, Dr. Alao was Senior Administrative Resident (Internal Medicine) also at Harlem Hospital.
Board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases, Dr. Alao received his MBBS at the College of Medicine University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. He received a Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology) from Columbia University. He has published articles in peer-reviewed Journals and received the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute 2007 Linda Laubenstein Award for Excellence in Clinical HIV care.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Alao,” said Van Dunn, M D., MetroPlusHealth Medical Director. “His clinical and administrative experience makes him the ideal person to lead Partnership in Care, our HIV SNP (Special Needs Plan).”
MetroPlusHealth Health Plan has enrolled over 3,894 members into its HIV Special Needs Plan (SNP) as of October 2010, more than any SNP in New York State. MetroPlusHealth is a prepaid health services plan that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal health system in the United States.
Anyone who has Medicaid, is living with HIV/AIDS, and lives in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx or Queens, can join Partnership in Care. A parent enrolled in the Partnership in Care plan can also enroll their children up to age 21. Approximately fourteen percent of the HIV SNP membership is composed of infants and children.
In addition to the HIV SNP program, MetroPlusHealth also offers other government-sponsored health insurance including Medicaid, Family Health Plus, Child Health Plus and four Medicare Advantage plans including one for people with HIV/AIDS.
In operation for over 20 years, MetroPlusHealth offers a vast network of primary care doctors and specialists, including many independent community providers. The Plan emphasizes member education by providing numerous health education resources, including an award-winning, multilingual, quarterly member newsletter, and other strategies to help members get the most out of their health plan. MetroPlusHealth’ robust case management programs encourage members to partner with their providers to promote the best possible health outcomes. MetroPlusHealth staff, who speak more than 70 languages, are drawn from the communities the health plan serves.
MetroPlusHealth Health Plan, Inc. is a prepaid health services plan certified under Section 4403-a of the New York Public Health Law and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC).

Contact: Ian Michaels (HHC) (212) 788-3339

About MetroPlusHealth

Over nearly 30 years, MetroPlusHealth Health Plan has built a reputation for providing affordable, quality care to residents of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. A health services plan certified under Section 4403-a of the New York Public Health Law, MetroPlusHealth is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal healthcare organization in the country, MetroPlusHealth provides managed care to nearly half a million eligible New Yorkers. In addition to Medicaid Managed Care, MetroPlusHealth offers Child Health Plus, several Medicare Advantage Plans, a Special Needs Plan (SNP) for people with HIV and their families, a Long-Term Managed Care Plan, and over 40 NY State of Health Marketplace products. The company’s robust network of primary care doctors and specialists includes many independent community providers. Plan staff is drawn from the communities that MetroPlusHealth serves and speaks more than seventy languages. MetroPlusHealth has consistently been one of the top-ranked health plans in New York City for almost 10 years.

About HHC

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) is a $6.7 billion integrated healthcare delivery system with its own 420,000 member health plan, MetroPlusHealth, and is the largest municipal healthcare organization in the country. HHC serves 1.4 million New Yorkers every year and more than 475,000 are uninsured. HHC provides medical, mental health and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, five skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers and more than 70 community based clinics. HHC Health and Home Care also provides in-home services for New Yorkers. HHC was the 2008 recipient of the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission’s John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality. For more information, visit www.nychhc.org/hhc or find us on facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or twitter.com/NYCHealthSystem.