Chartese Torrence

Chartése D. Day is an award-winning public affairs and communications strategist with more than 14 years’ experience conceptualizing, building and executing high-profile public information and reputation management campaigns with high-impact results.

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Currently, Chartése serves as the Director of the Office of Public Affairs and Communications in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, Chartése is responsible for providing executive oversight and setting the strategic direction of ONC’s communication efforts including stakeholder engagement, media relations, social media and the www.healthit.gov website. Prior to joining ONC, Chartése spent more than a decade as a senior strategist at top international public relations firms leading award-winning programs and campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, major trade associations and non-profit groups. Chartése has deep expertise in public health awareness and education campaign programming, stakeholder engagement, regulatory communications, issues management, crisis and litigation communications and multicultural outreach. Chartése’s has deep health care communications expertise with specific therapeutic area and category experience including implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), hospital management, infectious disease, cardiovascular, pain management, respiratory, women’s health, behavioral health and food and nutrition. Chartése has also managed a multitude of communications and public affairs programs in industries including retail, automotive, and transportation. A native of Washington, D.C., Chartése began her career as an aide for the Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, District of Columbia Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives.