Amplifying the Impact of Partnerships: A Framework for Researchers - June 13

Researchers engaging in innovative work often face challenges identifying partnerships beyond traditional and familiar collaborators. However, by thinking more broadly, there is great potential to add value to their study and help scale implementation of research findings.

This webinar will feature the Amplifying the Impact of Partnerships framework that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), in collaboration with Oliver Wyman, has developed to help researchers identify effective and strategic partnerships. Presenters will guide researchers in ways they can engage individuals and organizations to achieve greater impact.

Following the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A discussion with the presenters.

Parie Garg, PhD

Partner, Health & Life Sciences, Oliver Wyman

Parie Garg, a Partner with Oliver Wyman’s Health and Life Sciences practice, specializes in playing at the seams between health plans and provider organizations. She is a recognized as the Medicaid expert and leverages her passion for serving the underprivileged populations, while developing Medicaid focused strategies for health plans and provider organizations alike. Her work has included: developing and redesigning a Medicaid health plan’s growth strategy; developing and launching a survey for a large philanthropic organization to understand the healthcare information needs of vulnerable consumers; and determining the optional operation model for a state department to interface with Managed Care Organizations. 

Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Parie was a scientist in the Physiological Chemistry department at Genentech, Inc. She has a PhD in Genetics and Biochemistry from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and a BS in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University. She has published several blog posts and papers on Medicaid, in addition to peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals.

Meshie Knight

Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Meshie Knight joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2015 as a program associate working to improve the value of the nation’s health care and public health systems. Knight views her role as an opportunity to use her background and education and a passion that’s rooted in her deep personal experiences to shape a health system that is efficient, equitable, and committed to improving the health and well-being of all. Previously, Knight served as a program and development associate for the Universal Health Care Foundation (UHCF) where her work included grant management, program development, and supporting policy initiatives designed to transform health care in Connecticut. As consultant with the Connecticut Choosing Wisely Collaborative, Knight helped establish a multi-stakeholder collective to promote shared decision-making between patients and providers. She earlier served as a communications assistant with the Center for Children’s Advocacy, a non-profit law and policy organization. There, she advocated for systemic changes in the education, juvenile justice, health and child welfare systems on behalf of vulnerable children in Connecticut. Knight earned a BA from Howard University and an MA from Trinity College. She is a 2012 graduate of the Connecticut Health Foundation’s Health Leadership Fellows Program. A native of the island of Jamaica, Meshie now resides in Plainsboro, N.J. She describes herself as an experimental cook who loves to travel, try new foods, and enjoy the outdoors: running, biking, hiking. She organized Black Girls Run! Hartford, a local chapter of a national organization that encourages and inspires African-American women to lead healthy lifestyles. She calls it her “passion on purpose." 

Chris Schrader

Senior Principal, Oliver Wyman

Chris Schrader is a Senior Principal in the New York office of Oliver Wyman and is a member of the Health Services and Digital, Technology, and Analytics (DTA) teams. He has 15 years of experience across healthcare, technology, consumer packaged goods, education, government, manufacturing, non-profit, professional services, and entertainment. Currently, Chris focuses on growth strategy and disruptive business innovation for healthcare organizations and helps lead the development of OW’s annual Health Innovation Journal.

Mr. Schrader holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BSE from Princeton University in Operations Research and Financial Engineering and has expertise in strategic planning, growth strategy, disruptive innovation, business design, customer segmentation and profitability improvement.

Alan Schwartz, PhD

Founder and Principal, Institute for Practice and Provider Performance Improvement

Alan Schwartz is a cognitive psychologist with expertise in medical decision making, organizational behavior, and measurement with over a decade of experience evaluating and training health care providers to improve quality. His research in medical decision making and evidence-based medicine has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Library of Medicine, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journals Medical Decision Making and Medical Decision Making Policy & Practice.

Saul J. Weiner, MD

Founder and Principal, Institute for Practice and Provider Performance Improvement

Saul Weiner is a board certified internist and pediatrician with practice, leadership, and research experience in a variety of health care settings. He has served as a residency program director, academic division head, clinic director, medical education dean, and health services investigator. He has served as a principal or co-investigator of studies of health systems improvement, health surveys, medical decision making and provider communication funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Veterans Administration. Over the last 10 years he has focused on developing and refining methods for assessing health care quality based on direct observation to enhance value based care. A particular focus has been on helping practices and providers prevent costly "contextual errors" that occur when clinicians and health care teams overlook barriers patients' face that undermine otherwise appropriate care plans.

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