Health Systems Leaders Council

Gifford, David – MD, MPH
Credentials: MD, MPH
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Chair, Health Systems Leaders Council

Primary title: Senior Vice President, Quality and Regulatory Affairs
Primary Institution: American Health Care Association (AHCA)
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Senior Vice President, Quality and Regulatory Affairs, American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL)

Bio: David Gifford, MD, MPH, is Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the largest association in the country representing assisted living communities and skilled nursing centers. He helped create the department which assists providers in their quality improvement efforts and works with Administration officials on regulations and policies, including improving care for people living with dementia and reducing off-label antipsychotic medication use in this population. Dr. Gifford collaborates closely with Brown faculty on pragmatic trials, helping to identify, prioritize, and implement studies that rigorously test interventions to improve care for older adults. He received his MD from Case Western and conducted his geriatric fellowship at UCLA, where he also earned his MPH. Previously, he was CMO at a non-profit quality improvement agency, where he directed Medicare’s national nursing home quality improvement initiative, and Director of the Rhode Island State Department of Health, where he received the National Governor’s award for Distinguished Service Award for State Officials.
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Greene, Sarah – MPH
Credentials: MPH
Role:

Member, Health Systems Leaders Council

Primary title: Executive Director
Primary Institution: Health Care Systems Research Network
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Executive Director, Health Care Systems Research Network

Bio: Sarah Greene, MPH, is the Executive Director of the Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN, formerly HMO Research Network), a consortium of 18 research centers based in clinical delivery systems including HealthPartners, Kaiser Permanente, Harvard Pilgrim, Geisinger, and others. With a 25-year career in health research, strategy, and consultation, Ms. Greene brings significant expertise in building research network infrastructure to her role as the Network’s first-ever Executive Director, and oversees strategy, communication, finances, and operations. Ms. Greene has held intellectual and organizational leadership roles on several research consortia, including PCORI’s PCORnet, NCI’s Cancer Research Network, and NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards consortium, for which she chaired the national Community Partners Integration committee. She has authored 80 publications, many focused on development and implementation of multicenter research. She received both her MPH, and a BA in Psychology and Italian from Indiana University, and currently resides in Seattle.
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Stevens, Alan – PhD
Credentials: PhD
Role:

Member, Health Systems Leaders Council

Primary title: Director, Center for Applied Health Research
Primary Institution: Baylor Scott & White Health
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Director, Center for Applied Health Research, Baylor Scott & White Health

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Waring, Stephen – DVM, PhD
Credentials: DVM, PhD
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Member, Health Systems Leaders Council

Primary title: Senior Research Scientist, Essentia Institute of Rural Health
Primary Institution: Essentia Health
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Senior Research Scientist, Essentia Institute of Rural Health
Essentia Health

Bio: Dr. Waring is the Principal Scientist at Essentia Institute of Rural Health in Duluth, Minnesota. He has conducted multidisciplinary epidemiologic studies from large integrated research databases with colleagues at Mayo Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine, and the Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium before joining EIRH. His primary focus is on Alzheimer’s and related disorders, precision medicine, and population health in the elderly. His current research includes a multi-center trial to reduce serious fall injuries among the elderly (STRIDE), the All of Us Research Program of the Precision Medicine Initiative, the NIMH funded Mental Health Research Network (MHRN), the NIA funded AGING Initiative, and the University of Minnesota Grand Challenge Precision Medicine and Pharmacogenomics Consortium. Dr. Waring is the immediate past Chair of the Governing Board for the Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN), and serves on local, state, and national groups for Alzheimer’s disease and precision medicine.
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