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M-RCBG Senior Fellow-Led Study Group: Deb Gordon

Health Reform: Where We Need to Go and How Women Can Get Us There
With Rosemarie Day (co-sponsored by WAPPP:  Women And Public Policy Program)

Friday November 9, 12:00-1:30, Taubman 301 (lunch will be served)

Please join Deb Gordon, M-RCBG Senior Fellow, as she hosts a conversation featuring HKS Alum Rosemarie Day (MPP ’92) about health reform in the U.S. Rosemarie Day is currently working on a book to galvanize women to push for universal health care in the U.S. Her premise is this: Women cannot sit back and watch as (mostly male) politicians dismantle the health care reforms made possible by the Affordable Care Act. Instead, we need to “get woke,” move past the current political polarization, and continue to work toward health care for all.  Rosemarie served as one of the key implementers of health reform in Massachusetts, which became the model for the Affordable Care Act.  She has worked on health reform around the country for the past decade and is passionate about making change.

This event, which will also address the 2018 mid-term election results, is co-sponsored by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and the Women And Public Policy Program.


deb.gordan_small.jpgDeborah Gordon is a seasoned health care executive and a thought leader in health care consumerism. She currently advises entrepreneurial ventures and other companies on consumer strategies, engagement, and marketing in health care. Deb was formerly CEO of Voxent, a national technology firm supporting reproductive health providers with custom electronic health record and analytics tools and a national data warehouse. Deb had previously held health insurance leadership roles, notably as Chief Marketing and External Affairs Officer at Network Health, a Massachusetts health plan now part of Tufts Health Plan and ranked NCQA’s #1 Medicaid plan nationally. Under Deb’s leadership, Network Health received hundreds of awards, including Health Leaders Magazine’s Top Leadership Team award. She helped the plan double its membership under Massachusetts health reform, expand product assortment, and transition to the ACA. Deb was recognized as a 2011 Boston Business Journal “40 Under 40” honoree, an award highlighting Boston’s most influential business and civic leaders. In 2013, Deb was named an Eisenhower Fellow, a non-partisan program chaired by retired General Colin Powell that fosters the exchange of information, ideas, and perspectives among global leaders. On her fellowship, Deb traveled to Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore to explore the role of consumers in high-performing health systems. She has served on Harvard University’s Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility, as a Board member in MIT’s Delta V start-up accelerator, and as a mentor in Boston University’s Business Health Sector program. She has served on the Editorial Advisory Board for Fierce Health Payer and as Fierce Healthcare’s Innovation Awards’ head judge, and on Marketing Health Services’ Editorial Board, the Advisory Group for Massachusetts’ Choosing Wisely campaign, and several nonprofit Boards. Deb earned a B.A. in Bioethics from Brown University and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. As a Senior Fellow, Deb will research health care shopping and how to improve functioning of consumer markets in health care. As a Senior Fellow, her research is entitled Beyond Health Care Transparency: Applying Marketing Principles to Improve the Functioning of Consumer Health Care Markets. Her faculty sponsor is Joseph Newhouse, John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard Kennedy School. Email: deborah_gordon@hks.harvard.edu