Marjorie Ginsburg, MPH
Marge started as an RN, working for the Peace Corps in West Africa and Nepal; running a clinic for the United Farm Workers; setting up a free clinic in Philly; and being a home care nurse in inner-city Baltimore. Back in SF where she started, she worked for the S.F. VNA, received an MPH at UC Berkeley, established an adult day health center at Laguna Honda Hospital and later was director of aging services at the S.F. Institute on Aging. She moved to Sacramento in 1990, where she discovered the health decisions movement. In 1994, she became the founding director of Sacramento Healthcare Decisions which changed its name to the Center for Healthcare Decisions in 2009.
Her 20+ years of engaging the public in healthcare policy discussions is the foundation for her commitment to improving health care quality and affordability. She currently serves on the Boards of National Quality Forum; Integrated Healthcare Association; and California Hospital Assessment & Reporting Task Force (CHART), and is a panel member for the California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF). In 2011, she served on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Essential Health Benefits, tasked with developing the principles for implementing coverage under the ACA.
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Susan Perez, PhD, MPH
Susan Perez is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science at California State University, Sacramento. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in quality, safety, and comparative effectiveness research (supported by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) at the University of California, Davis. Susan's doctoral research looked at how individuals use the Internet to make health-related decisions. Her postdoctoral research is focused on helping consumers to select a health plan through the insurance marketplaces that have been created out of the Affordable Care Act, and subsequently helping them to select health care providers, including physician groups and hospitals.
Claudia grew up and lived in the Los Angeles/Orange County area until 2007 when she relocated to Northern California in order to be closer to her new blended family and to live among the trees of the Sierra Foothills. She spent the first 20 years of her career working her way up through the ranks of the financial services industry until she was appointed Vice President and Manager for a small regional bank. In 1998 she was asked to join the board of directors for the non-profit, The Friendly Center, Inc. where she used the accounting skills that she had studied while being a Commercial Loan Officer to bring the agency’s bookkeeping in-house. She was spending so much time volunteering that the agency finally hired her and she became their Office Manager/Bookkeeper for the next 5 years. Claudia joined the CHCD team as office manager in April 2014.