Ron Dendas is a consultant and advisor, with a focus on improving overall community health and well-being. Over the last year, he has worked with several local and national non-profit organizations on strategic planning, reorganizing, building capacity, creating organizational culture, using data to drive discovery, and implementing innovative, strategic initiatives.
Prior to this, Ron served as the first Director of Health Improvement for the Leonard Parker Pool Institute for Health, where he implemented innovative ways to create cross-sector partnerships, authentically engage and empower community members, identify and address vital conditions for well-being, and increase access to and actionability of local data.
For two decades, he served as a Program Officer for The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust and The Rider-Pool Foundation, managing grants that focus on community and population health, access to primary health, cradle to career education, safe and healthy housing, economic mobility, behavioral health, and maternal-child care. In addition to grant management, he was also involved in several healthy community projects, including the expansion of local public health services, establishment of community health centers, improved behavioral health services, assessing the health needs of communities and cross-sector collaboration.
Prior to joining Pool Trust, he worked for fifteen years in non-profit human services, with the last nine of those years spent developing county and region-wide prevention and treatment services for alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, and prevention and care services for HIV.
Mr. Dendas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from St. Anselm (New Hampshire) College and a Master of Science in Human Organization Science from Villanova University. He is also a Creating Healthy Communities Fellow with the American Hospital Association.