The following staff worked for the Center for Advancing Health during its final year of operations in 2014.
|Jessie C. Gruman, PhD, was president and founder of the Center for Advancing Health from 1992 until her death in 2014. As president Gruman drew on her own experience of treatment for five cancer diagnoses, interviews with patients and caregivers, surveys and peer-reviewed research to describe and advocate for policies and practices to overcome the challenges people face in finding good care and getting the most from it. Gruman worked on this same set of concerns in the private sector (AT&T), the public sector (National Cancer Institute) and the voluntary health sector (American Cancer Society). More information about Dr. Gruman.
|Dorothy Jeffress, MBA, MSW, MA, executive director, joined CFAH in March 2008. Prior positions include vice president, Center for Information Therapy, 2005-2008, where she assisted with the IxAction Alliance membership program, the annual Ix Conference and finance/administration for the IxCenter; and as the assistant vice president of Value Based Purchasing for the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) from 2003 to 2005, where she directed the eValue8 Request for Information (RFI) program. She also worked with NCQA from 1999 to 2002 where she was the director of constituent relations and a senior health care analyst in HEDIS performance measure development. She has also worked for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as the director of a CDC/state-funded women's health promotion and chronic disease prevention program. She has managed a TPA for self-funded employee benefit programs and also been a benefit manager for a mid-sized employer. Dorothy has an MBA from Clemson University and an MSW in clinical social work and an MA in theology from Boston College.|
|Kelly Malcom, editor of the Health Behavior News Service, is a senior-level science and medical writer, with experience in journalism, marketing and corporate communications. Before coming to HBNS, she was a writer and editor at the Johns Hopkins Health System, science editor and internal communications specialist at Duke University Health System and worked for several years at Science News Magazine in Washington, D.C. as editorial assistant and book editor. She has written about sickle cell disease, genetic screening, stem cell research, lung cancer, addiction and infectious disease, among other topics. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Association of Health Care Journalists.|
|Goldie Pyka, communications manager, joined CFAH in November of 2009. Goldie works closely with CFAH staff to maintain and enhance the center's communications database and expand communications. She attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where she graduated cum laude with a degree in cultural anthropology. After graduating, she worked for the La Crosse Area Realtors Association and Greater MLS Corporation in Wisconsin, where she managed local, state and national membership databases. Her professional experiences have also included internships in marketing and fundraising with the World Health Foundation and in the legal division at Pfizer Inc.'s corporate headquarters in New York.|
|David Torresen, vice president, finance and operations, joined CFAH in 2003 and is responsible for human resources administration, financial oversight and operations management at CFAH. He also serves as assistant to president Jessie Gruman and as coordinator for board of trustees activities and CFAH-sponsored conferences. Before joining CFAH, he worked for 12 years as classified advertising manager, administrator and operations manager for the Washington Blade newspaper. Since 1997 he has maintained PeggyLee.com, the official website of the late singer Peggy Lee, in collaboration with her family.|
The Center for Advancing Health works to increase people's engagement in their health care.
All Americans act to fully benefit from their health care.
Work with policy makers, clinicians, and communities to more effectively support people's engagement in their health care.
Produce and disseminate research news stories that people can use to inform decisions about their health and health care.
Offer Be a Prepared Patient resources to help people find good health care and make the most of it.
Since it was founded in 1992, the Center for Advancing Health has aimed to increase people's engagement in their health and health care.
While advances in medical knowledge have been responsible for steady increases in the length and quality of life of Americans, the potential of health care to improve individual and population health in the future rests increasingly in the hands of individuals. Whether we are sick or well, we will not benefit from the expertise of health professionals and the technologies they deploy unless we participate actively and knowledgably in our own care. More