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Desiree’ T. Weems Appointed New
Clinical Director of FAU/NCHA
Community Health Center

May 10, 2022

Desiree Weems

Desiree’ T. Weems, APRN, FNP-C, has been appointed as the new clinical director of the Florida Atlantic University/Northwest Community Health Alliance (FAU/NCHA) Community Health Center, which is operated by the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. She also will serve as an FAU College of Nursing adjunct faculty.

“We are pleased that Ms. Weems will oversee the operations of the two nurse-led clinics in West Palm Beach, which serve a critical role in providing health care to underserved populations,” said Karethy Edwards, Ph.D., CEO of FAU/NCHA Community Health Center. “Her experience as a nurse practitioner will help us to meet the growing
needs of adults and adolescents in the local community with comprehensive primary, preventive and
behavioral health services.”

Weems has served as a chief operating officer managing the day-to-day operations of a test and treat sexually transmitted infections (STI) facility, and as a clinical preceptor for family nurse practitioner (FNP) and registered nurse (RN) students. As a nurse practitioner, she has practiced primarily in women’s health, student college medicine, and has treated the primary care needs, acute and chronic illnesses of patients. With her nursing career beginning more than 12 years ago, her past experience as an RN includes medical-surgical and
neonatal nursing.

Weems’ areas of interest include preventative medicine, sexual and community health, and meeting the needs of vulnerable populations with limited access to health care. She graduated with a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree as a FNP from Ohio University. “I believe in providing access to quality health care to those in the community in efforts to improve their physical and mental health,” said Weems. “The goal is to provide the best health care possible to those most vulnerable with care, respect and integrity.”

The FAU/NCHA Community Health Center has two sites providing primary health care services including Covid-19 vaccines and boosters integrated with behavioral health services. One is located at 1650 Osceola Dr. in Westgate and the other at 720 Eighth St., at the U.B. Kinsey Educational Community Center. The Westgate site has been operated by the Christine E.

Lynn College of Nursing since 2014. The clinics have been designated by the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), as a “Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-Alike.” An FQHC is a clinic that provides comprehensive primary, behavioral health and preventive care to patients of all ages in underserved and rural areas.