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Healthier Delray appoints new senior director

Delray resident Kenya Chaney Madison was recently appointed to the position of senior director, Healthier Delray Beach, a Palm Health Foundation Healthier Together initiative focused on supporting the behavioral health and well-being of Delray Beach residents.

In her new role, Madison will promote behavioral health education and awareness, improve access to services and support systems and provide prevention opportunities.

Madison spent the last 19 years as an educator with the School District of Palm Beach County with 14 of those years as a certified school counselor at both Village Academy and Carver Middle School in Delray Beach. Most recently, Madison served as a specialist with the Department of Safe Schools and assisted with the development of the School District’s School Behavioral Health framework for the implementation of Student Social Emotional Supports.

A resident of Delray Beach’s “Set” neighborhood, the city’s historic black community, Madison has spent much of her life dedicated to service. She was Healthier Delray Beach’s steering committee co-chair before becoming its senior director and served as a Circles® USA Facilitator for Pathways to Prosperity, spending her evenings equipping families and communities to thrive and resolve poverty.

Madison is a member of several community-based organizations and boards that include the Palm Beach School Counselor Association, Delray Beach Kids and Cops Board, Delray Beach NWSW Neighborhood Alliance Committee. She is also a dedicated member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., South Palm Beach County Alumnae Chapter, South County Chapter of National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the FAMU National Alumni Association, Palm Beach County Chapter.

“As a life-long Delray Beach resident, I believe my purpose and passion in life is service to others,” Madison said. “Palm Health Foundation has given me an opportunity to collaborate with all community members to build pathways that will help, lift and encourage our residents to come together and strengthen our city through a vibrant, collaborative behavioral health support system.”

Healthier Delray Beach is funded by Palm Health Foundation as a Healthier Together community, a long-term, place-based funding approach designed to solve a community’s most complex healthcare issues, neighborhood by neighborhood.  The foundation launched Healthier Together in 2013 and is committed to investing a collective $6 million in six Healthier Together communities over five years across Palm Beach County in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, North West Palm Beach/Riviera Beach, Jupiter and the Glades.

“The key to our success is creating a true partnership with residents to engage them in promoting better health for themselves and their community,” said Patrick McNamara, president and CEO of Palm Health Foundation. “We know that with Kenya’s experience, drive and relationships, community members will thrive.”