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Daphne Bascom Named New Senior VP of Community Integrated Health

YMCA of Greater Kansas City
March 27, 2017
Daphne Bascom Senior VP of Community Integrated Health

One of the main pillars of the Y is healthy living and helping you be your best self to reach your greatest potential. But many in our community are living with chronic disease or are on the verge of developing one. The Y wants to change that. 

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City has appointed Daphne Bascom, MD, Ph.D., to the newly-created role of senior vice president of community integrated health. She will lead the Y’s innovative chronic disease prevention and management initiatives. Also, Dr. Bascom is now the first physician on staff at a Y in the United States. She has also served on the YMCA of Greater Kansas City Board of Directors.

Right for the Role

As a senior physician, Dr. Bascom has more than 10 years of experience in clinical integration, performance improvement and deployment of multi-million dollar health information technology systems. Most recently, she was Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Physician Alignment with Cerner Corporation. In 2006 she was named Healthcare Executive of the Year at Cerner. 

Dr. Bascom also served as Chief Clinical Systems Officer for the Cleveland Clinic Health System in Cleveland, Ohio. She is board certified in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, and fellowship trained in microvascular surgery of the head and neck. 

She earned her medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she also did her internship and residency. She completed her fellowship in microvascular and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck at Oregon Health Sciences University. In addition, her Ph.D. in physiological sciences was completed at the University of Oxford, Laboratory of Physiology, in the United Kingdom.

John Mikos, Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer said Dr. Bascom is a recognized community health leader who has the proven ability to lead interdisciplinary teams and facilitate organizational change. 

“With her leadership, we look forward to advancing integrated health programs to address chronic diseases to build health care partnerships to improve the well-being of the community.”

The Y Leads the Way

“The Y of Greater Kansas City is at the forefront of a national movement that envisions a closer connection to community resources and health care,” said Dr. Bascom. The chronic disease prevention and management program is just one way the Y is doing that. The program is a first in the nation and a model that other communities will hopefully pick up. The Y is using evidence-based programs, like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention program, the LIVESTRONG for cancer survivors, the Enhance Fitness® for those with arthritis, and the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring for individuals with high blood pressure, just to name a few, to help our community improve their health. 

“These programs are a team effort, and we provide life coaches to help,” said Bascom. The coaches will help monitor participant’s progress and motivate them towards success. 

Dr. Bascom said the main part of her role is to create sustainable partnerships and relationships among the community, clinical and public health organizations to fill gaps in wellness, prevention, and care delivery services. She wants to see the relationship strengthen between traditional health care systems and community-based organizations in order to help ALL community members, not just Y members, live their healthiest.

“The Y will go where the community needs us,” said Bascom. Our health is mostly determined by what occurs in our homes and communities, and a healthy community is a vibrant community. 

Leading by Example

Dr. Bascom admits that like most of us, she has not always lived a healthy lifestyle. When she turned 40, she recognized an opportunity to make some changes in life, and now part of her motivation is trying to lead by example and helping to inspire others. 

You can often find her at a Y facility lifting weights, putting in time on the treadmill or attending a Saturday morning class. She has even competed in the International Federation of Body Builders. Healthy eating is a daily goal and she intends to stay on a journey to live a healthy and well-balanced life. 

About YMCA of Greater Kansas City

With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities. The Y engages men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Serving the Kansas City area since 1860, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Visit for more information.