Lessons Learned from COVID-19 and Other Emergencies

Caroline Pearson is a senior vice president at NORC at the University of Chicago, where she leads the Health Care Strategy group that provides research, data analysis, and policy support to a wide range of health care clients. Prior to joining NORC, Pearson spent 14 years at Avalere Health, a strategic advisory firm located in Washington DC, where she was the Senior Vice President for Policy and Strategy. In this role, Pearson oversaw teams delivering consulting services and products focused on policy, strategic communications, and financial services. Pearson also led the firm’s external PR strategy by producing novel analysis to inform the public policy debate. Pearson also served as a senior advisor to Sandbox Industries, which is responsible for managing the BlueCross BlueShield Venture Fund. She sits on the board of directors for a non-profit, provider-sponsored health plan. Pearson’s areas of expertise include implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), prescription drug pricing, Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance benefit design. She is regularly quoted in national and trade press and is a frequent presenter to audiences seeking to understand the health policy landscape. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in Government.

Contact: pearson-caroline@norc.org

Rebecca Weintraub, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an associate physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Rebecca is a practicing internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has led the research and development of the award-winning Cases in Global Health Delivery, a collection of 40 Harvard Business School case studies with Harvard Business Publishing, available online at no cost to the public and taught at over 500 schools of medicine, public health, and business. Since 2008, Rebecca has led GHDonline.org. Her research on value based health care delivery has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Global Fund, World Health Organization, the Commonwealth Fund, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Rebecca co-founded Jumpstart, the national AmeriCorps program reaching more than 50,000 preschoolers and their communities. She is currently an advisor to the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation investing in health entrepreneurs and is a member of the New England Journal of Medicine’s Perspectives Advisory Board. Rebecca is an associate faculty member at Ariadne Labs. In 2014, the World Economic Forum honored Rebecca as a Young Global Leader and currently is a Health Innovators Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Rebecca graduated from Yale University, Stanford School of Medicine, and completed her medical training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Contact: rebecca@globalhealthdelivery.org

Reginald D. Williams II (Reggie) joined the Commonwealth Fund in 2020 as the Vice President of the International Health Policy and Practice Innovations program. In this role, he is responsible for fostering international dialogue, exchange, and education that enables U.S. policy makers and healthcare leaders to learn from cross-national experiences. He is responsible for the organization’s international benchmarking activities, its international research and policy analysis, and the educational exchanges it conducts with key international partners. Critical to all activities is the cultivation of a robust international network of senior policy makers and healthcare leaders, including The Commonwealth Fund’s Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice. Prior to joining the Fund, Mr. Williams was at Avalere Health, a consulting firm dedicated to improving healthcare, where he served as Managing Director focusing on health care delivery innovation and digital health. During his 15 years at Avalere, Reggie led the firm’s Evidence-Based Medicine Policy practice and several other practice groups, including managing the firm’s Tel Aviv operations, and helping to build a network of consulting firms from around the world with whom Avalere could collaborate. Prior to joining Avalere, Reggie was a member of the health policy team at the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). He serves on the board of directors of Mental Health America, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people live mentally healthier lives. Reggie earned an AB in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University.

Contact: rw@cmwf.org

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