Brian Austin is Deputy Director of Improving Chronic Illness Care, and as such has responsibility for overall administrative leadership of the program. He is Manager of the MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation, which he helped found in 1992. The MacColl Institute is devoted to developing, testing and disseminating innovations in the delivery of healthcare and is housed within Group Health Cooperative’s Center for Health Studies in Seattle. Mr. Austin also serves on the administrative leadership team for the Center, a 200 person health services research department whose mission is to create and disseminate public-domain information regarding prevention and treatment of major health problems. He is active in all aspects of ICIC and the MacColl Institute, with special interest in incorporating new technologies into the primary care setting and the development of expert systems and improved practice team communication methods to enhance care delivery.
Dr. Berman, a practicing primary care pediatrician, is a leader in child advocacy and health policy, a clinical researcher, and an educator. He is a Professor of Pediatrics and directs the Academic Section of General Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He also served as past-President of the American Academy of Pediatrics. His commitment to clinical practice resulted in writing a textbook entitled Pediatric Decision Making. Dr. Berman has authored six child health bills enacted by his state legislature. These laws provide health insurance to low-income children; require seat belt use, and mandate immunizations and preventive care in insurance plans. He has developed several successful community service projects including the Reach Out project (funded by the RWJ foundation) to increase the participation of physicians in private practice in programs that serve low income underserved children, the Mile High Healthy Beginnings project (funded by both national and local foundations) to provide medical services to children enrolled in subsidized child care centers, and the Bright Beginnings project (funded by the Carnegie Foundation and local foundations) to provide volunteer home visits for families of newborns.
Karen A.Bodenhorn, RN, MPH, is President and CEO of the Center for Health Improvement (CHI), an independent, non-partisan, prevention-focused health policy and consulting center. CHI was founded with the mission to protect and improve the health of all Californians and has since established an impressive record for developing timely, user-friendly health policy documents, convening legislators and policy advocates to address health policy issues, and providing hands-on technical assistance to widely divergent groups within the healthcare community. Prior to launching CHI, Ms. Bodenhorn founded and directed Partnership for Prevention in Washington, D.C., a nonprofit organization created to increase national priority for prevention in health policy and practice. She also served as Vice President of Health Policy for a government relations consulting firm, representing a variety of clients before Congress and federal agencies. Ms. Bodenhorn earned her Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Duke University.