Len M. Nichols (email)
Director, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE)
Len Nichols has been the Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE) and a Professor of Health Policy at George Mason University since 2010, where he continues to bridge the worlds of health policy, health politics, health economics, health services research, and to help interpret it all for policy makers, private sector leaders, and journalists. Len is the PI of a 5 year evaluation study of the CareFirst Patient Centered Medical Home program. He has testified frequently before Congress and state legislatures, and is or has been an advisor to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, and to the Pan American Health Organization. Len has worked with the Commonwealth’s official Health Reform Initiative and the new Virginia Center for Health Innovation as well as with Fairfax County on its own health reform implementation options. Past positions include Senior Advisor for Health Policy at the Office of Management and Budget, Vice President of the Center for Studying Health System Change, Principal Research Associate at the Urban Institute, and chair of the Department of Economics at Wellesley College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
Kalahn Taylor-Clark (email)
Senior Advisor, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE)
Kalahn Taylor-Clark, PhD, MPH most recently served as the Director of Health Policy at the National Partnership for Women and Families (NP). Her primary responsibilities were in providing strategic policy support on a range of activities related to delivery system reform, including payment reform, quality measurement, reduction of health disparities, consumer engagement, and promotion of patient-centered care delivery and the effective use of health information technology (HIT). Prior to joining NP, Dr. Taylor-Clark led the Patient-Centeredness and Health Equity Portfolio in the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution, which sought to inform regional, state, and national practices for advancing priorities for patient-generated measurement in new delivery and payment reform models; incorporate consumer perspectives into strategic planning of new delivery reforms; focus on social determinants and population health in health care reform models; and identify innovative ways to collect and report data to measure and address health care disparities.
Dr. Taylor-Clark was a W.K. Kellogg Health Scholar at Harvard University from 2006-2008 where her areas of research included public health communication in politically and socially marginalized populations and minority voting on health care issues. In 2005-2007, she was a lecturer at Tufts University, teaching classes titled “Women and Health” and “The Politics of Health Disparities.” Before teaching at Tufts, Dr. Taylor-Clark held a position as a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Project on Biological Security and the Public, where she focused on risk communication in communities of color during public health emergencies.