She is a member of the Milbank Advisory Committee for the Health of US Primary Care Scorecard, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services Quality Measure Alignment Task Force and Quality Subcommittee, the Massachusetts Health Equity Data Standards Technical Advisory Committee, and the Betsey Lehman Center Measurement and Transparency Task Force. She also serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium.
Ms. Rabson received her Master’s degree in Public Health from Yale University and her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University. In her free time, she enjoys sculling on the Charles River and playing her cello.
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Barbra Rabson is the President and CEO of the Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP). Under Barbra’s leadership since 1998, MHQP has become one of the most trusted names in performance measurement and public reporting of health care information in Massachusetts and in the nation. She has led MHQP to issue three first in the nation statewide public releases of hospital and physician performance information, including the first in the nation collaboration with Consumer Reports to jointly release performance results on MA primary care physicians on a statewide patient experience survey.</p>
<p>Barbra is a member of the MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services Quality Measure Alignment Task Force and Quality Subcommittee. She is also a founding member and past Board Chair of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), a national network of regional health improvement collaboratives.</p>
<p>Barbra received her Masters in Public Health from Yale University and her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University. She enjoys sculling on the Charles River and playing her cello in her free time.
Jim has over 30 years of experience in healthcare analytics in both provider and insurance settings. Most recently, Jim held analytic leadership positions at the Lowell General Physician Hospital Organization and Steward Health Care Network, directing teams that analyzed and reported cost and utilization performance metrics. During Jim’s sixteen years at Tufts Health Plan, he supported Senior Product enrollment and payment, Medicare risk adjustment programs, Medicare Part D implementation and analytics and provider risk contract financial reconciliation.
Outside of MHQP, Jim regularly performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops as a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Jim received an A.B in Biology from Harvard College and an S.M in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Janet has over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance. Prior to joining MHQP, Janet spent 10 years as a Financial Analyst for Millipore Corporation responsible for financial analysis for a worldwide sales division. Prior to Millipore Corporation, Janet worked at Ernst & Young in public accounting, performing audits for industries such as manufacturing, real estate, and healthcare, and becoming certified as a C.P.A.
Janet received a Master’s in Business Administration from Babson F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Boston College. In her free time she enjoys spending time walking with her family.
Natalya is dedicated to promoting and researching evidence-based improvements in the quality of healthcare through an equity lens. Prior to joining MHQP, Natalya conducted research for the Department of Exercise Science at Skidmore College. She has also partnered with Shape Up Somerville, an organization that strives to build healthy and equitable communities, to implement a community-based project aimed at collecting baseline health status data. Natalya also sits on the Steering Committee of the Right Care Alliance, a grassroots coalition that works to center the patient’s voice in healthcare.
Natalya received an MPH from Simmons University and a B.Sc. in Health & Exercise Science from Skidmore College. In her free time, she enjoys running and drawing.
Prior to joining MHQP, Julia interned at the Right Care Alliance (RCA), a grassroots coalition working to put patients’ voices at the center of healthcare. She continues to volunteer at the RCA. She has also worked in research involving health disparities at Yale University’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies and Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center.
Julia received an MPH in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University and a BA in Political Science from Boston University. In her free time, she enjoys reading and baking.
Outside of work Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and children, primarily shuttling between their myriad sporting events. He also writes music and plays with a small collective of musicians. Andrew received a BA in History at Connecticut College.
Jason brings over 20 years of experience in data analytics and design. Prior to joining MHQP, Jason was an Applications Developer for the State Street Corporation in Boston. At this organization, he was responsible for creating and maintaining systems used to improve operating efficiencies within the organization. Previously, Jason was a Programmer/Analyst for the Picker Institute, a Boston-based nonprofit organization that reported on the quality of patient-centered care in Massachusetts.
Jason received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus on Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In his free time he enjoys photography, spending time with his wife and two kids, and as a native of the “dairy state” of Wisconsin, he is an avid cheese enthusiast.
Prior to coming to MHQP, Jonathan served for five years as the Senior Director of Marketing, Communications and Technology for the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) and ten years as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Prior to that, he was Director of Communications for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC) and Harvard Community Health Plan (HCHP). He received an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA from Oberlin College.
Prior to joining MHQP, Monica was involved in several quantitative and qualitative research projects that used a community-based approach to improve health through exercise and a healthy diet.
Monica received her MPH from Simmons University and a B.S. in Exercise Health Science from UMass Boston. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and swimming.
Prior to working for the Bank, Ms. Rajan worked for Fidelity Investments as Senior Software Engineer. In this role, she developed/supported voice response applications and provided feedback with voice recordings on consumer service calls through a “Customer Satisfaction Index” application. She also worked as SAS Programmer and as VRU Developer, using VoiceXML Applications. Ms. Rajan started her career at Parexel International, working with a group of statisticians as SAS Programmer to produce FDA approval reports on clinical trials for various pharmaceutical companies.
Raji received a Master’s in Business Administration from Clark University, a Master’s in Applied Statistics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a Bachelor’s in Economics from Stella Maris College, India. She enjoys cooking a range of international cuisines with her husband and watching movies with her family.
Karina has expertise in developing and evaluating theory-driven studies, community-based participatory research (CBPR), quantitative and qualitative methodology, research instrument and survey design, and methods for systematic reviews. Prior to joining MHQP, Karina worked at the Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), where she supervised and consulted on various HIV related studies and implementation of an evaluation plan to improve communications and access to the center’s research training services. She also served as research project director at the at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, where she provided oversight for various NIH-funded studies examining factors that influence HIV treatment and prevention services among racial/ethnic and sexual/gender minority populations and on a range of health topics including mental health and sexual and drug risk behaviors.
Karina obtained her BA in Psychology from the City College of New York and an MPH from the CUNY School of Public Health in Community Health and Health Equity. She is now completing her PhD dissertation in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health. Her studies use various multivariate data analysis techniques to examine psychosocial predictors of daily pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use for HIV prevention among men who have sex with men.
In her free time, Karina enjoys biking, spending time with family and friends, and mentoring activities to promote diversity and inclusion in higher education/research training.
Prior to joining MHQP, Symone interned for Butler Hospital Memory and Aging Program, recognized as a center for clinical research in Alzheimer’s. She has also worked as a research assistant at Boston University, conducting qualitative interviews to identify barriers and facilitators to lung cancer screening among underserved populations.
Symone received an MPH from Boston University and a B.S. in Health Studies from the University of Rhode Island. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, traveling, and spending time with her loved ones.
Sue has substantial experience working for senior leadership and top-level executives, communicating with Boards of Directors and their Executive Assistants, particularly in coordinating multiple complex schedules for time-sensitive meetings. Prior to joining MHQP, Sue was an Executive Assistant at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company-Global Risk Solutions/Commercial Insurance Department where she oversaw all executive administration for the Executive and Leadership Team and their respective teams. She also provided support to Liberty Mutual – Regional Companies Group where she supported the Product Management/Workers Comp Group as well as Agency Corporation/Controller Departments – Finance Department.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, crafts and relaxing at the beach.
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Prior to joining MHQP, Nathalie was a Senior Project Manager at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) at VA Boston Healthcare System, where she managed research projects focused on understanding and improving healthcare delivery, and patient outcomes and experiences.
Nathalie received a Ph.D. in Public Health (Health Policy and Management) from Boston University, and an M.Sc. in Genetic Counseling, an M.Sc. in Molecular Biology, and a B.Sc. in Biology (Human Genetics) from McGill University. In her free time she enjoys hiking in the White Mountains.