The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) Announces the 2021 Board of Directors and Officers

Portland, ME – The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) is committed to building a strong path forward in the years to come, continuing to create lasting impact in healthcare reform and working to improve the health of communities throughout this country. As we rebound from the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic and strive to accelerate NRHI’s mission, we are excited to welcome two incoming Board Members: Lisa Braddix, Director for Population Health and Health Equity at the Greater Detroit Area Health Council and Tanikka Price, Director of Data and Finance at the Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus.

“The NRHI Board collectively has tremendous talent and thought leadership. Our new board members not only increase the diversity of perspective but will also bring forward their passion for improving health and healthcare particularly for those who are most vulnerable,” notes Craig Brammer, President and CEO.

As the Director for Population Health and Health Equity at the Greater Detroit Area Health Council, Lisa Braddix, MPH oversees projects that seek to eliminate health disparities in marginalized populations and fosters organizational collaboration to improve the health of communities throughout southeast Michigan. She serves as the Chair of the Health Equity Committee for the Michigan Cancer Consortium, one of the country’s premier statewide partnerships to reduce the cancer burden. She is also an Advisory Board Member for the Best and Brightest in Wellness, an organization that recognizes companies, schools, and churches in southeast Michigan for offering quality health and wellness programming. She is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and has a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Michigan. She has also earned a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management from Eastern Michigan University.

I am honored to serve as a member of the NRHI board of directors. I have admired NRHI’s work for many years and believe in the power of collaboration to improve health. I look forward to supporting NRHI’s continued engagement of its members as they do the hard work needed to strengthen healthcare across the country,” states Braddix on her new appointment.

Despite growing up in Linden, a neighborhood that has the highest infant mortality and highest rate of homicide in Columbus, Ohio, Tanikka Price earned a scholarship to Vassar College where she earned a BA in American Culture. She then went on to earn a JD from Capital University Law School. Tanikka Price, JD, Director of Data and Finance for the Central Ohio Pathways Hub program at the Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus is also currently finishing her Doctoral Studies in Education focusing on Adverse Childhood Experiences and Educational Attainment in African American women.

Price notes, “I am excited to learn from and contribute to national experts who are working to ensure health for those most vulnerable while closing the disparity gaps and increasing access to care.

In addition to the two new board members, three of the current NRHI board members are moving into new board positions:

  • Cindy Munn, Chief Executive Officer of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum will become NRHI’s Vice Chair. Munn has served on the NRHI board for many years and she notes, “NRHI and its member RHICs have clearly shown the intellectual firepower, expertise, and tenacity needed to drive improvement. I am honored and enthusiastic to serve as Vice-Chair of this organization.
  • Gabrielle Rude, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality will become the Treasurer. Rude joined the NRHI board as a Director in 2020 and shares , “I truly believe that like healthcare itself, the improvement of healthcare needs to occur at the local level. NRHI serves an essential role for RHICs by allowing us to develop and deploy improvement strategies for our region while facilitating a robust connection to national policies and thought leaders. I’m pleased to serve as Treasurer as I have exceptional confidence in the NRHI staff and believe this role will allow me to support this important organization in a meaningful way.
  • Nancy Giunto, Executive Director of the Washington Health Alliance will serve on the Executive Committee. Giunto has provided leadership to NRHI as a board member for many years. She highlights the following about her experience in participating in the network, “The efforts of the Washington Health Alliance are helped tremendously by the knowledge, advice and support we gain through our association with NRHI. NRHI is comprised of a remarkable group of leaders, all doing very interesting work, and always willing to share successes and acknowledge shortcomings in the spirit of transparency and improvement. My NRHI colleagues are some of the first calls I make when faced with a challenging issue.”

NRHI is governed by an elected 9-person board comprised of the members and officers listed above and the individuals listed below:

  • Ana English, Chair, President and CEO, Center for Improving Value in Health Care
  • Marc Bennett, Past Chair, President and CEO, Comagine Health
  • Chris Wall, CFO, Mountain Pacific Quality Health
  • Wade Norwood, CEO, Common Ground Health

NRHI wishes to thank our current board members who will be stepping down at the end of 2020:

  • Kate Kohn-Parrott, President and CEO of the Greater Detroit Area Health Council has provided tremendous leadership to NRHI through her commitment to the mission, board, and her guidance on the Finance Committee as NRHI Treasurer.
  • Tyla Housman, Vice President of External Affairs at New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, served on the NRHI board during 2020. We are incredibly grateful for their service and dedication to NRHI’s mission.

About NRHI
The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) is a national membership organization representing nearly 70% of the United States through its Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs) and affiliate membership. These multi-stakeholder organizations are working in their regions and collaborating across regions to transform the healthcare delivery system and to achieve the Triple Aim: improving the patient experience of care, including quality, safety, and cost while improving the health of populations. To learn more, visit nrhi.org.

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