December 13, 2017

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Public Health Management Corporation Names Dawn Holden Woods as Managing Director and Turning Points for Children CEO

PHILADELPHIA – Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) has named Dawn Holden Woods as Managing Director, Children and Family Social Services and Chief Executive Officer of PHMC subsidiary Turning Points for Children, a social services agency that provides support services to children, youth and families. Woods, Turning Points’ previous Chief Financial Officer, succeeds Michael Vogel as CEO of Turning Points for Children, who retired last month.

“Turning Points for Children plays a critical role in leading our children and family social service work at PHMC,” said Richard J. Cohen, President and CEO of PHMC. “With Dawn’s leadership and vision, dedicated staff, and alignment to PHMC’s family of public health programs and services, Turning Points is poised for continued growth and operational excellence.”

Turning Points for Children provides evidence-based programming that nurtures children and their families who are struggling with economic and environmental challenges. Its work is built on the foundation of wellness, safety, diversity and collaboration. Turning Points focuses on programs that broaden the continuum of care for families, including teen parent education, assistance to relative caregivers and in-home services for vulnerable children who may be at imminent risk of child abuse or neglect. The organization provides adolescent and adult residential and outpatient services at its subsidiary, The Bridge.

In addition, Turning Points manages four Community Umbrella Agencies (CUAs) as part of the Department of Human Services' Improving Outcomes for Children initiative, having recently taken over the management of Wordsworth’s CUA operations. Woods’ passion for youth advocacy extends beyond the current system, as she has led the organization’s effort to develop programming in Philadelphia focused on youth aging out of foster care including bringing the YVLifeset Program to Southeastern Pennsylvania. YVLifeset is an evidenced based program for young adults transitioning out of foster care or juvenile justice custody.

Wood’s commitment to improving the welfare of children was evident early on in her career, when she was tapped for the role of CFO at age 30. Under her fiscal leadership, Turning Points has grown from 15 staff members to 345, while helping to improve the lives of 2,700 families and 5,300 children in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Woods was named a Philadelphia Business Journal “40 under 40” in 2014, “Nonprofit CFO of the Year” by the Philadelphia Business Journal in 2010, and Burlington-Camden Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi “Woman of Distinction” in 2009.

“I am honored to be selected as the CEO of Turning Points for Children, and fortunate to have been mentored by Mike Vogel, who helped pave the way for Turning Points’ leadership in child and family social services,” said Woods. “I look forward to continuing my passion and commitment for youth and family advocacy, and working alongside the dedicated PHMC and Turning Points colleagues who strive to better the lives of children and families in our region.”

About Public Health Management Corporation

Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a nonprofit public health institute that creates and sustains healthier communities. PHMC uses best practices to improve community health through direct service, partnership, innovation, policy, research, technical assistance and a prepared workforce. PHMC has served the region since 1972. For more information on PHMC, visit

About Turning Points for Children

Turning Points for Children is a leading social services agency in Philadelphia, reducing child abuse and improving the lives of children across the city. Turning Points serves more than 10,000 men, women and children annually by providing the critical resources, life skills and supportive partnerships needed to create stronger families and raise children with the hope for brighter futures.