|Chris Gibbons, MD, MPH (chair), is the associate director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute and the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Community Health. Dr. Gibbons holds faculty appointments at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health. His interests focus on demonstrating the value of uniting information and communications technologies with culturally appropriate clinical and behavioral interventions to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities in chronic disease among African-American populations. He has been named a Health Disparities Scholar by the National Institutes of Health/National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. Dr. Gibbons received his training in Preventive Medicine, General Surgery, cancer epigenetics research and a Master of Public Health degree all from Johns Hopkins University. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine.
|Maulik S. Joshi, DrPH (treasurer) is president of the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) and Senior Vice President for Research at the American Hospital Association (AHA). As the independent, not-for-profit research affiliate of the AHA, HRET conducts applied research in improving quality and patient safety, reducing costs, eliminating health disparities, improving leadership and governance, payment reform and care coordination. Before joining HRET, Dr. Joshi served as president and chief executive officer of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) and was previously a senior advisor for the office of the director at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). He also served as president and chief executive officer of the Delmarva Foundation. During Dr. Joshi's tenure, the organization received the 2005 U.S. Senate Productivity Award, the highest level award in the state of Maryland, based on the national Malcolm Baldrige criteria for performance excellence. In addition, Dr. Joshi was vice president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), co-founder and executive vice president for DoctorQuality, senior director of quality for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and executive vice president of The HMO Group. Dr. Joshi has a doctorate in public health and a master's in health services administration from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of science in mathematics from Lafayette College. Dr. Joshi is co-editor of The Healthcare Quality Book: Vision, Strategy and Tools, a graduate-level textbook (Health Administration Press, second edition) and author of Healthcare Transformation: A Guide for the Hospital Board Member (CRC Press).
|Patricia Barrett, MHSA, joined NCQA in 2008 as the Vice President for Product Development. In this role, she is responsible for exploring new product concepts and evolving existing products to meet the needs of a changing health care environment. Prior to joining NCQA, Ms. Barrett was the lead consultant for General Motors on managed care. As HAP Associate Vice President and the Program Director for the HAP/GM Managed Care Consulting Team, she was responsible for evaluating the quality and efficiency of GM's managed care offerings nationally and for establishing supplier development activities with all of GM's HMOs. In this role, she participated on the NCQA Purchaser Advisory Council, the National Business Coalition on Health eValue8 Steering Committee and served as an author and scorer for the eValue8 RFI. Ms. Barrett joined Health Alliance Plan (HAP) in Detroit, Mich. as an Analyst in the Quality Management Department in 1993. During her 14 years with HAP she served in a variety of roles including Manager of Research, Analysis and Program Development, Acting Director of Managed Care Information and Director of Quality Management. As Director of QM, she had responsibility for all clinical quality improvement and disease management programs as well as HEDIS production and NCQA accreditation for the organization as a whole. In addition, Ms. Barrett was a member of the NCQA HEDIS Policy Panel and served as the Chairperson for the Measurement Committee of the Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium (MQIC). Ms. Barrett attended the University of Michigan receiving her Bachelors degree in Sociology and a Masters Degree in Health Services Administration from the School of Public Health.
|Sarah Greene is editorial director of The Scientist, a magazine for biomedical research and the life sciences, and editor-in-chief of its parent company, Faculty of 1000, a post-publication peer review service for biomedical institutions located in London. She is a publishing and new media entrepreneur with 30 years' experience and three startups acquired by Wiley (Current Protocols, a series of updateable lab manuals), Elsevier (HMS Beagle web magazine and BioMedNet information service), and Thomson Healthcare (Best Practice of Medicine, an updateable, evidence-based reference for primary care physicians and patients; and Praxis Post, a web magazine for PCPs). Prior to her current position, she was a co-founder and served as managing editor overseeing the development and launch of the Journal of Participatory Medicine. Greene also developed award-winning websites with original content for the New York Academy of Sciences and the New York Times-Health and was chief content officer at Keas, Inc., where she helped invent original tools, content, and communities for patients and health care professionals. Her work in scientific publishing began at Macmillan Publishing Company, where she served as editor, senior editor, and publisher, developing a new imprint of advanced textbooks for biology researchers. She received an M.S. degree from Cornell University in soil microbiology and plant pathology. She serves on the editorial advisory board of Cancer Commons, the advisory board of Keas, Inc., and the editorial board of the Journal of Participatory Medicine.
|Janet Heinrich, DrPH, MPH, is the associate administrator of the Bureau of Health Professions in the US Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Bureau provides national leadership on the planning, development and implementation of strategies and initiatives to expand and improve health professions education and training. Prior to joining HRSA, she served as senior policy advisor at Health Policy R&D, a strategic consulting group, where she led projects on a wide variety of health policy issues for diverse clients that included global corporations and national non-for-profit organizations. During her tenure, she advised clients on projects that advanced health IT policy, improved quality measurement and reporting, targeted reductions in hospital acquired infections, and resulted in CMS adoption of select performance measures for hospitals and physicians. Previously, she directed the public health team at the US Government Accountability Office; led the American Academy of Nursing, an organization of over 1,300 elected nurse leaders focused on expanding programs and the presence of nursing in the national research and health policy arena; and was the director of extramural programs and deputy director at the National Institutes of Health National Center for Nursing Research. She holds a DrPH from the Yale University School of Medicine, an MPH from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BSN from the University of Michigan School of Nursing.
|Kalahn Taylor-Clark, PhD, MPH, currently serves as the director of health policy at the National Partnership for Women and Families (NPWF). Her primary responsibilities are in shaping and implementing the policy agenda for its major initiative, the Campaign for Better Care, and providing strategic policy support on a range of activities related to delivery system reform including payment reform; quality measurement; reduction of health disparities; consumer engagement and promotion of patient-centered care delivery; and the effective use of health information technology. Prior to joining NPWF, she led the Patient-Centeredness and Health Equity Portfolio in the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution, where she retains the affiliation of visiting scholar. This portfolio sought to inform regional, state and national practices for advancing priorities for patient-generated measurement in new delivery and payment reform models; incorporate consumer perspectives into strategic planning of new delivery reforms; focus on social determinants and population health in health care reform models; and identify innovative ways to collect and report data to measure and address health care disparities. She was a WK Kellogg Health Scholar at Harvard University (2006-08), where her areas of research included public health communication in politically and socially marginalized populations and minority voting on health care issues. Previously she was a lecturer at Tufts University and a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health's Project on Biological Security and the Public. She received a BA in International Relations from Tufts University, an MPH from Tufts School of Medicine and a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University.|
|Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH, is Professor at the Departments of Family Medicine, Epidemiology and Community Health at Virginia Commonwealth University and is director of the VCU Center on Human Needs. He received his MD in 1984 from Emory University and underwent residency training in family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Woolf is also a clinical epidemiologist and underwent training in preventive medicine and public health at Johns Hopkins University, where he received his MPH in 1987. He is board certified in family medicine and in preventive medicine and public health. Dr. Woolf has published more than 150 articles in a career that has focused on evidence-based medicine and the development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, with a special focus on preventive medicine, cancer screening, quality improvement, and social justice. From 1987 to 2002 he served as science advisor to, and then member of, the US Preventive Services Task Force. Dr. Woolf edited the first two editions of the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services and is author of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Clinical Practice. He is associate editor of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and served as North American editor of the British Medical Journal. He has consulted widely on various matters of health policy with government agencies and professional organizations in the United States and Europe, and in 2001 was elected to the Institute of Medicine.|
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