Kathryn Phillips, MPH

Senior Program Officer, Improving Access


Kathryn Phillips is a senior program officer on CHCF’s Improving Access team, which works to improve access to coverage and care for Californians with low incomes. Kathryn serves as the CHCF liaison and managing partner for the California Improvement Network, and leads the foundation’s efforts to advance primary care, including modernizing payment for FQHCs and public health care systems, accelerating the adoption of integrated behavioral health care, and increasing investment in primary care. Kathryn also supports the foundation’s efforts to address California’s health care workforce shortages. She is a member of the California Quality Collaborative Executive Committee.

Prior to joining CHCF, Kathryn was the program director for practice transformation at Qualis Health, a nonprofit population health consulting firm. She directed regional and national quality improvement projects, including the landmark Safety Net Medical Home Initiative, which developed and tested an evidence-based framework to guide primary care redesign efforts. Her portfolio also included initiatives to advance care integration and the capacity of primary care practices to deliver behavioral health and oral health services. Kathryn’s experience also includes designing evidence-based purchasing guidelines and workplace health programs for the Center for Prevention and Health Services at the National Business Group on Health. She managed public-private partnerships to advance clinical preventive services, maternal and child health, and behavioral health. Kathryn holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan.

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