Who We Are

Led by Cogency IPA, members of the Independent Practice Association (IPA) work together to share their insights and expertise and ensure that the organization works effectively and efficiently toward its goals.

Our Chair

Valerie Walters

Cogency Integrated Healthcare IPA, LLC, President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Ms. Walters joined Lower Eastside Service Center (LESC) in 1995 and continues to set the organization’s vision. As CEO, she has expanded Cogency IPA’s supportive housing capacity, increased the organizational budget, and launched numerous new programs to help New Yorkers address opioid dependency. With years of experience successfully delivering comprehensive, client-centered care using evidence-based practices, Ms. Walters saw an opportunity to form the Behavioral Health Care Collaborative in 2018 using similar strategies with funding from Governor Cuomo and has grown Cogency IPA from a Behavioral Health Care Collaborative (BHCC) to an Independent Practice Association (IPA). She looks forward to working closely with Cogency’s network partners to continue improving the health and wellbeing of underserved New Yorkers.

“Our aim is to meet the needs of the whole person. That’s why, beyond primary and behavioral health, we also address social determinants of health. Working as a network with multi-disciplinary care providers allows us to collaborate on person-centered care plans that work to consolidate services in a more dynamic, efficient and meaningful way.”