Patricia E. Powers
Patricia E. Powers is a nationally known leader with more than 30 years of experience in the health and health care sectors. She joined the Center for Healthcare Decisions because she is passionate about ensuring that the public’s views are well represented on complex health policy issues. Previously, Ms. Powers was an independent consultant for seven years focused on strategic planning, public policy, program development, and business development. Ms. Powers’s clients included for-profit and non-profit organizations, state and federal agencies, and foundations. She served as the innovation director for the California Health and Human Services Agency and directed the state-led Let's Get Healthy California Task Force; both are efforts designed to advance the Triple Aim in California. For six months she managed the start-up of the California Health Benefit Exchange, now Covered California. Ms. Powers led and successfully grew two nonprofit organizations, including the Pacific Business Group on Health throughout the 1990s, and an organization focused on the social determinants of health. She also consulted to and served as interim CEO of an organization focused on telehealth policy. Ms. Powers served on various boards and committees including the National Committee on Quality Assurance, the National Forum for Health Care Quality Measurement and Reporting (now the National Quality Forum), the National Business Coalition on Health, and the Physician Payment Review Commission. Ms. Powers received a master of public administration degree from Columbia University in New York.
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.
Karen Shore, PhD
Karen K. Shore, PhD has 25 years of experience in health policy and health services research and a passion for improving the health care system. Dr. Shore's expertise includes project direction, study design, literature reviews, development of data collection materials, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and making recommendations on changes in policies to improve program and organization effectiveness. Most recently, she was a Program Director at the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), leading the California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF) project. Prior to that, Dr. Shore worked in Sacramento health policy at the Center for Health Improvement (CHI) and the Institute for Population Health Improvement at U.C. Davis. Prior to her work in Sacramento, Dr. Shore held a variety of research and policy positions in the public and private sectors, including at the American Institutes for Research's Health Program, Reden & Anders, Pacific Business Group on Health, and the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission in Washington, DC. She has a master's degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan and a PhD in health services and policy analysis from U.C. Berkeley.
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.
Bronte Hernandez is a recent graduate from the University of California, Davis where she studied Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. She is originally from the San Joaquin Valley of California and grew up in the rural area of Kings County. Previously, Bronte was an intern at the UC Davis Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology where she studied the impact of nutrition on neurological health. Prior to that, she worked at the University of Oregon Institute of Molecular Biology as a research intern. She hopes to continue her education to become a practicing physician and also pursue a Master’s in Public Health degree.