The Bridging for Health Advisory Panel supports efforts to improve population health by rebalancing and aligning investments while fostering linkages among health care, public health, and other sectors. Panel members participate as thought partners with our team and communities, assisting in site selection, technical assistance provisions, and guidance on evaluation, research, translation, and the dissemination of innovations. The advisers bring expertise in health care financing, health equity, community coalition building, leadership development, collective impact, economic development, social determinants of health, and population health.
Kathleen Adams, Ph.D.
Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Kathleen Adams teaches graduate classes on public finance and the health care system and health care access Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She has over 25 years of experience in applied economic analysis, with much of her research focused on low-income and vulnerable populations and on Medicaid policies and coverage issues.
John Auerbach is president and CEO of Trust for America’s Health, where he leads the organization’s work to protect the health of every community and make disease prevention a national priority. Previously, he was the associate director for policy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he oversaw work focusing on the promotion of public health and prevention as components of health care and payment reform and health system transformation.
Director, Center for Community Development Investments, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Ian Galloway is director at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He researches and presents regularly on a variety of community development topics including crowdfunding, investment tax credits, the social determinants of health, impact investing, and Pay for Success financing (Social Impact Bonds).
Jim Hester, Ph.D.
Former acting director, Population Health Models Group, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Jim Hester is the former director of the Health Care Reform Commission for the Vermont Legislature. He also previously held the position of acting director of the Population Health Models Group at the Innovation Center at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, assisting in the development of delivery system transformation and payment reform initiatives.
Soma Stout is deeply committed to improving the health and well-being of underserved people and communities. In addition to her work as a primary care doctor in the safety net, she is co-director for the Innovation Fellows Program at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care. In this capacity, she is engaging the next generation of primary care physicians to be part of health system innovation and developing transformational leaders to improve health and well-being. She is also the executive external lead for health improvement for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, focusing on health system transformation in underserved communities, and leads the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative.
Ruth Wageman, Ph.D.
Director, stewardship, ReThink Health
Ruth Wageman directs ReThink Health’s research and evaluation activities, provides expertise related to work with multistakeholder leadership teams, and conducts empirical research to explore and define the conditions that enable communities to achieve systemic stewardship practices in health.
Craig Weber is the author of Conversational Capacity: The Key to Building Successful Teams That Perform When the Pressure Is On (McGraw-Hill, 2013) and the founder of The Weber Consulting Group, an alliance of experts committed to helping people build more resilient, healthy, and agile organizations.
Vondie M. Woodbury
President, The Woodbury Group
Vondie Woodbury has over 30 years of experience in community health innovation. She is recognized for her use of grassroots mobilization strategies to address access to health care services and capacity building for underserved and vulnerable populations. Her recent work has targeted the intersection of population health management and traditional hospital community benefit within Trinity Health Catholic hospital system, where she previously served as vice president of community benefit.