Raising the Bar Thought Leaders

Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by National Alliance to impact the Social Determinants of Health (NASDOH) and the National Partnership for Women & Families, Raising the Bar led extensive discussions with providers, hospitals, payers, community leaders, and patients about how healthcare can help achieve optimal well-being for all. The project offers practical guidance for deploying the principles to improve equity and excellence.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is committed to improving health and health equity in the United States. In partnership with others, we are working to develop a Culture of Health rooted in equity that provides every individual with a fair and just opportunity to thrive, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they have.

About the National Alliance to impact the Social Determinants of Health

The National Alliance to impact the Social Determinants of Health (NASDOH) seeks to make a material improvement in the health of individuals and communities and, through multi-sector partnerships within the national system of health, advance holistic, value-based, person-centered healthcare that can successfully impact the social determinants of health.

About the National Partnership for Women & Families

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable healthcare, and policies that help all people meet the dual demands of work and family. For more information, visit www.nationalpartnership.org. Follow the National Partnership on Twitter at twitter.com/NPWF, Facebook at facebook.com/nationalpartnership, or Instagram at instagram.com/npwf.

Partners in Developing the Framework

Partners in Developing the Maternal Health Guidance

Council to Improve Health Care for Individuals, Families, and Communities

Members who served during all or part of the project, and their organizational affiliation during their involvement, are listed below.

  • Azza Altiraifi, Research and Advocacy Manager, Disability Justice Initiative, Center for American Progress and Senior Policy Manger, Liberation in a Generation
  • Gildas Cheung, President of the Board of Directors, International Community Health Services
  • Prem Durairaj, Cofounder, Data Elevates
  • Sarita Gupta, Vice President of U.S. Program; Director of Future of Work(ers), Ford Foundation
  • Arianna Inurritegui-Lint, Founder, Arianna’s Center
  • Luz (Lucy) Moreno, Community Engagement Program Manager, Innercare (formerly Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo)
  • Yolanda Roary, Founder of Total Grace Consulting
  • Kiran Savage-Sangwan, Executive Director, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
  • Denise Octavia Smith, Executive Director, National Association of Community Health Workers

Raising the Bar Stewardship Council

Members who served during all or part of the project, and their organizational affiliation during their involvement, are listed below

  • Azza Altiraifi, Senior Policy Manager, Liberation in a Generation
  • Cathy Baase, Board Chairperson, Michigan Health Improvement Alliance
  • Joseph Betancourt, Vice President, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Bruce Broussard, President & Chief Executive Officer, Humana Inc.
  • Stephen Cha, Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare Community & State
  • Marshall Chin, Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics, University of Chicago
  • Sarah De Guia, Chief Executive Officer, ChangeLab Solutions
  • Shemekka Ebony, Founder of BlackGirlMagic Market, Co-Founder of I Am Brilliant, PLE Leaders, and the CROWN Campaign, Raleigh, NC
  • Tené Hamilton Franklin, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Health Leads
  • Dennis S. Freeman, Chief Executive Officer, Cherokee Health Systems
  • Rick Gilfillan, Independent Consultant
  • Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Marc Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer, Intermountain Healthcare
  • Dennis Heaphy, Health Justice Advocate, Disability Policy Consortium
  • Sherry Hirota, CEO, Asian Health Services, Co-Chair, One Nation Commission
  • Rishi Manchanda, Founder and President, Health Begins
  • Benjamin F. Miller, President, Well Being Trust
  • Carol Moehrle, District Director, Public Health Department – Idaho North Central District
  • Alan Morgan, Chief Executive Officer, National Rural Health Association
  • Meg Murray, Chief Executive Officer, Association for Community Affiliated Plans
  • Nancy Myers, Vice President, Leadership and System Innovation, AHA Center for Health Innovation, American Hospital Association
  • Aza Nedhari, Chief Executive Officer/ Co-Founder, Mamatoto Village
  • Bob L. Phillips, Executive Director, Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care, American Board of Family Medicine
  • Yolanda Roary, Founder, Total Grace Consulting, LLC
  • Karen Smith, Consultant
  • Doug Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Perfect Health
  • Josie Williams, Executive Director, Greensboro Housing Coalition; Affiliated with North Carolina Institute of Medicine and Care Share Health Alliance
  • Winston Wong, National Academy of Medicine, National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians, California Endowment
  • Judy Zerzan, Chief Medical Officer, Washington State Health Care Authority

Maternal Health Guidance Expert Advisory Group

  • Angela Aina, Co-Founder and the Executive Director, Black Mamas Matter Alliance
  • Tanya Alteras, Senior Director, Health Care Transformation Task Force
  • Azza Altiraifi, Senior Policy Manager, Liberation in a Generation
  • Mary Applegate, Medical Director, Ohio Medicaid program
  • Lily Bastian, Midwifery Clinical Practice Advisor, American College of Nurse-Midwives*
  • Allison Bryant, Vice Chair for Quality, Equity and Safety in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Harvard Medical School
  • Edith L. Combs, Nurse Manager, Women’s Health Services, Henry Ford Health System
  • Andria Cornell, Associate Director for Women’s and Infant Health, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
  • Dawn Godbolt, Policy Director, National Birth Equity Collaborative*
  • Erin Gildner, Associate Director, Maternal Health Coalition, March of Dimes
  • Nicolle Gonzales, Founder and Medical Director, Changing Woman Initiative
  • Rachel R. Hardeman, Associate Professor and Blue Cross Endowed Professor of Health and Racial Equity, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Rural Health Research Center
  • Michelle Hinton, Director of Director of Impact, Population Health and Well-Being, Alliance for Strong Families & Communities*
  • Karen Jefferson, Director, Midwifery Practice and Education, American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • Karen Johnson, Director, Change in Mind Institute, Social Current
  • Julia Joseph-DiCaprio, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, UCare*
  • Megan Knauss, Clinical Innovations Program Manager, Alliance of Community Health Plans
  • Micaela Lara Cadena, New Mexico House of Representatives
  • Elliott Main, Medical Director, California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative
  • Ebony Marcelle, Director of Midwifery, Community of Hope
  • Kay Matthews, Founder, Shades of Blue Project
  • Drishti Pillai, Director of Immigrant Health Policy, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum*
  • Alise Powell, Senior Policy Analyst, National Birth Equity Collaborative
  • Kalpana Ramiah, Vice President of Innovation, Director of Essential Hospitals Institute, America’s Essential Hospitals
  • Joshua Traylor, Director, Health Care Transformation Task Force
  • Jennifer Wang, Deputy Director of Programs, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum*
  • Kristina Wint, Program Manager, Women’s Health, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs

*Indicates former EAG member