CFAH's William A. Ziff Fellows program is so named in honor of the late publisher William Ziff for his leadership in building both print and online information resources for consumers. Like William Ziff, who worked to bring consumers better information, CFAH Fellows have demonstrated their commitment to providing health care consumers with information to make better choices about their health and health care. The CFAH Fellows program brings together leading patient engagement experts for a lively exchange of ideas about how to raise the visibility and credibility of new thinking and new approaches to people's participation in their care.
|Connie Davis, MN, ARNP is a geriatric nurse practitioner and health care consultant. From 1998 to 2005, Ms. Davis was the Associate Director for Clinical Improvement at the MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation. She has worked to institute a patient-centered seniors’ outpatient clinic, lead a pilot project to improve health literacy and served as senior faculty with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in their work with the Indian Health System. She currently serves as the quality improvement lead for a provincial program to promote partnerships in patient care in British Columbia. She devotes her time to efforts that improve the partnership between patients and health care professionals, concentrating on rural, remote and underserved populations. More|
|Judith Hibbard, PhD, MPH is a Professor of Health Policy at the University of Oregon. Dr. Hibbard is the lead author of the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) that measures an individual’s knowledge and skill for self-management. It is being used by researchers and practitioners nationally and internationally to more effectively tailor support for patient self-management. Dr. Hibbard also advises many health care organizations, foundations, and initiatives and has served on several advisory panels and commissions, including the National Advisory Counsel for AHRQ, the National Health Care Quality Forum, United Health Group Advisory Panel and National Advisory Council for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More|
|Trudy Lieberman, a journalist for more than 40 years, is an adjunct associate professor of public health at Hunter College in New York City. She had a long career at Consumer Reports specializing in insurance, health care, health care financing, and long-term care. Lieberman was also the director of the Center for Consumer Health Choices at Consumers Union. She is a long-time contributor to the Columbia Journalism Review and blogs for its website, CJR.org, about media coverage of health care, Social Security, and retirement. She also contributes to The Nation, and as a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health, she regularly contributes to the Prepared Patient Blog. More
|Kate Lorig, RN, DrPH is the Director of the Stanford Patient Education Research Center and Professor of Medicine in the Stanford School of Medicine. She has spent more than two decades developing and evaluating community-based patient education programs in English and Spanish for people with chronic conditions, and most recently, she’s done the same for programs offered online. More
|Molly Mettler, MSW is the Senior Vice President for Healthwise where she advocates for a transformation in the role of the health care consumer from a passive recipient to one who’s stronger, more active and involved in his or her own care. Ms. Mettler is past chair of the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and continues to serve on its Board and Leadership Council. She was the founding chair for the NCOA’s Health Promotion Institute in 1990. In addition, she serves on the National Advisory Board for the Practice Change Fellows Program, a two-year fellowship supporting health professionals in developing leadership skills and content expertise to positively influence care for older adults. Ms. Mettler has written four books and is a well known speaker, key media source and advocate for informed patients. More|
|Dale Shaller, MPA is principal of Shaller Consulting, a health policy analysis and management consulting practice based in Stillwater, Minnesota. He has devoted nearly three decades to the design, implementation and evaluation of health care quality measurement and improvement programs, with a special focus on listening to the voice of the patient and promoting methods for engaging consumers in managing their health and health care. His work on measuring and improving the experience of patients and families has been based in the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) program funded by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He has served as a member of the Harvard and Yale CAHPS research teams, working on patient experience survey design, measurement and reporting issues. He has directed the National CAHPS Benchmarking Database since its inception in 1998 and is a co-author of The CAHPS Improvement Guide and other articles related to strategies for improving the patient experience as measured by CAHPS. More|
|Joshua J. Seidman, PhD is the Managing Director of Quality & Performance Improvement at Evolent Health. Over the last 23 years, Dr. Seidman has focused on: quality measurement and improvement; the intersection of e-health and health services research; and structuring consumer e-health interventions to support improved health behaviors and informed decision making. He oversees quality and performance improvement at Evolent Health, which supports the nation’s leading providers in their population health and care transformation efforts through long-term operating partnerships. Prior to joining Evolent, he served as Director of Meaningful Use for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services where he was responsible for the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT’s policy development around the meaningful use of electronic health records and e-quality measures. Prior to working with ONC, Dr. Seidman was the founding President of the Center for Information Therapy, which advanced the practice and science of using health IT to deliver tailored information to consumers to help them make better health decisions. He has also served as Director of Measure Development at NCQA and has done research and analysis related to providers at the American College of Cardiology and the Advisory Board Company. More|
|David S. Sobel, MD, MPH is director of Patient Education and Health Promotion for The Permanente Medical Group and Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Region. Dr. Sobel practices primary care with Kaiser Permanente and was the physician lead for the national initiative in Patient-Centered Care for the Care Management Institute of Kaiser Permanente. More
|Shoshanna Sofaer, MPH, DrPH is the Robert P. Luciano Professor of Health Care Policy at the School of Public Affairs, Baruch College. She previously held academic positions at George Washington University Medical Center and the UCLA School of Public Health. She completed her MPH and DrPH degrees at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Sofaer conducts research and publishes on topics including: developing quality measures that resonate with consumers and patients; designing public reports on comparative health care quality; developing tools patients can use to engage productively in their health and health care; and the developing state and local partnerships to pursue community health and health care improvement objectives. She is nationally known for her expertise in qualitative and mixed methods research and consults and trains widely on these issues. She is frequently requested to speak to health care stakeholders about her research and experience. More|
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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