Karen works with clients who are pursuing shared value business development strategies. She guides strategy development and facilitates relationships between business, government, and non-profit organizations to advance initiatives that benefit businesses and produce positive results for employees, customers, and communities. Karen also supports collaborative initiatives in healthcare transformation, concentrating on population health improvement. She has exceptional experience in healthcare delivery and payment innovation, as well as healthy community investment and development.
Karen’s Expertise: Shared Value Business Strategy Development, Population Health, Healthcare Transformation, Coalition Building, and Leadership Development
Before joining Michael Best Strategies, Karen was the director of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and an associate professor at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. She previously served as secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and as director of the Office of State Employment Relations.
ADDITIONAL KEY EXPERIENCE
- Led the planning for a Healthy Community Investment and Development Summit held at University of Wisconsin – Platteville in July 2016, co-sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago with many local partners. She facilitated two statewide working groups as part of Wisconsin’s State Innovation Model Design grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
- Past director of the Partnership for Healthcare Payment Reform, a project of the Wisconsin Health Information Organization, where she led the development and implementation of bundled payments for commercially insured patients.