Kelly Bruno is president and chief executive officer of National Health Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that works within under-resourced Southern California communities to identify and advance solutions that remove barriers and promote health for all. She joined NHF in 2007, bringing over a decade of executive healthcare leadership and social service administration experience to the organization.
Bruno leads a team dedicated to working with local communities to tackle the social determinants of health and right the wrongs of health disparities. One of her most significant contributions was to spearhead a recuperative care program in response to hospitals’ illegal practice of patient dumping—or the failure to make continued care arrangements when a homeless patient is well enough to leave the hospital but too ill to return to the streets. Bruno guided a collaborative effort with the County of Los Angeles, public and private hospitals, and other local organizations to double the number of recuperative care beds available to discharged homeless patients needing aftercare. She was instrumental in creating fiscal sustainability for the program, funding 100% of the operations through contractual relationships with hospitals. NHF currently operates three recuperative care sites in Los Angeles and Ventura, with a new 62-bed site set to open in fall 2018.
Bruno also oversees programs that are changing the way neighborhoods can access healthy foods; shifting the level of expectations teen mothers set for themselves, their academics and their futures; and making it easier and safer for South Los Angeles residents to exercise and be active.
Prior to NHF, she was vice president of ONEgeneration, a national model of intergenerational shared-site programming that joins adult daycare for frail seniors with childcare for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. A published author, Bruno has also served on volunteer boards for Dignity Health’s California Hospital, Tierra del Sol Foundation, Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project, Accredited Home Health Foundation and Santa Clarita Valley Domestic Violence Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Azusa Pacific University and a master’s in social work from California State University, Long Beach. She has also completed Stanford University’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders.