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Kathryn Phillips, MPH

Associate Director, Improving Access


Kathryn E. Phillips is an associate director on CHCF’s Improving Access team, which works to improve access to coverage and care for Californians with low incomes. Kathryn supports strategy across the team, develops strategic priorities and new initiatives to build the future health care workforce in California, and fosters alignment of workforce activities across the foundation.

In her previous role as a senior program officer, Kathryn managed the California Improvement Network and led the foundation’s efforts to advance primary care, including modernizing payment for Federally Qualified Health Centers and public health care systems, accelerating the adoption of integrated behavioral health care statewide, and improving population health management capabilities among providers that serve Medi-Cal members. She continues to lead programming to improve health equity by fostering greater investment in primary care systemwide.

Before joining CHCF, Kathryn was the program director for practice transformation at Qualis Health (now Comagine 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.

Previously, Kathryn worked at the National Business Group on Health, where she built public-private partnerships to create evidence-based purchasing guidelines and workplace health programs 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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