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CHR’s Chief Human Resources Officer Among 2022 Honorees by the Hartford Business Journal

Turkessa Antrum, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversity Officer for nonprofit behavioral healthcare provider Community Health Resources (CHR), has been named among the 2022 Healthcare Hero honorees, the Hartford Business Journal announced today.

“Turkessa is being recognized for her work managing unprecedented staffing challenges throughout the pandemic and at the same time, launching CHR’s multi-year Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) learning collaborative,” said Heather Gates, CHR’s President and CEO. “Her passion to create a just, inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees helps CHR grow, thrive, and meet the behavioral healthcare needs of the region. She is clearly a healthcare hero!”

Antrum has led CHR’s Human Resources team since 2016, was named Chief DE&I Officer in 2021, and is currently serving as Chapter President of the Human Resources Association of Central CT, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). She has an extensive background in HR, is SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified, and earned her undergraduate and dual graduate degrees from the University of Maryland.

The Healthcare Heroes awards recognize professionals every year who “serve the complex needs of Connecticut.” This year, 20 honorees were chosen by the Hartford Business Journal’s editorial staff, which used standard criteria to judge nominees in 11 different categories. The complete list is posted online and in the Nov. 21 print edition.

About CHR: CHR is Connecticut’s most comprehensive, nonprofit behavioral healthcare agency and was the first agency in CT to meet all of the rigorous federal criteria as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic. CHR has repeatedly been named among the Top Workplaces in the state and the highest-ranking human service provider. Learn more at

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