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Experts from across the health care spectrum generously contribute their time and expertise to Project Health Colorado’s blog. Select a topic to narrow the list of experts based on your interests or search in the box to the right if you are looking for someone in particular. And if you know of a health care leader in Colorado who might be interested in supporting Project Health Colorado, you can nominate someone by sending an email to info@ProjectHealthColorado.org.

Anne Warhover

President and CEO, Colorado Health Foundation

As president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation, Anne Warhover guides the organization’s strategic direction and oversees more than 100 employees in their efforts to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation.

In 2011, she led a divestiture to sell the Foundation’s 40 percent ownership stake in the HCA-HealthONE hospital system for $1.45 billion. As a result of that transaction, the Foundation is now one of the largest health focused foundations in the country, with $2.2 billion in assets.

Since 2004, Warhover has been instrumental in working with the Foundation’s Board to focus the organization’s efforts on three outcomes: encouraging healthy living; increasing the number of Coloradans with health insurance; and ensuring they have access to affordable, integrated primary care. The Foundation’s methodology includes an accountability model that ties “measureable results” to its grantmaking to ensure a healthy social return on investment.

Warhover serves on the boards of Visit Denver, the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Grantmakers in Health, Rocky Mountain Health Plans and LiveWell Colorado.

Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis

Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Vice President of Government and External Relations

Dr. Allen-Davis is the vice president of Government and External Relations for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. In this role she has responsibility for Kaiser Permanente's relationships in the community at large, the business community and the legislative and executive branches of the state government. She also leads the organization's public relations and communications functions, government relations and community benefit investment.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Allen-Davis is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and after 25 years of taking care of patients, transitioned from a physician leader to Kaiser Permanente's Health Plan Leadership team.

Dr. Allen-Davis believes health care will improve when all the primary stakeholder groups - clinicians, patients, elected officials, community leaders, and employers - can collaborate effectively to put the patient at the center. "My vision is for Kaiser Permanente to be everyone's most valuable partner in health. We want to support dialogue and collaboration to help our patients, our people, and Colorado thrive," she said.

Dr. Allen-Davis is an active participant on community boards. For the past two years she served as President of the Colorado State Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Allen-Davis is a member of the CU Foundation Board of Directors, the Center for Women's Health Research Board of Directors, Colorado Association of Health Plans Board of Directors, Colorado Succeeds Board of Directors, Denver Botanic Gardens Board of Trustees, and is President of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Board of Directors.

In her spare time, Dr. Allen-Davis is a fiber artist who creates original hand painted quilts. In addition, she enjoys staying active and recently completed the Kaiser Permanente Colfax half-marathon in May 2011. Dr. Allen-Davis is married to her college sweetheart, Anthony, and they have two children, Courtney and John.

Emily King

Research Analyst, Colorado Health Institute

Emily King is a research analyst at the Colorado Health Institute. Since joining CHI in 2008, she has worked on a range of health policy issues including health insurance and vulnerable populations, implications of health reform, and the health professions workforce.

Emily manages CHI's work on the Colorado Health Report Card. Most recently, she wrote a report on evidence-based prevention initiatives that save money and improve health. She also leads CHI's research on Coloradans eligible for public health insurance programs but not enrolled.

Erika Zierke

Advocacy Coordinator, Children's Hospital Colorado

Erika Zierke is the Advocacy Coordinator on the Public Affairs team at Children's Hospital Colorado. Zierke manages a network of grassroots advocates to positively impact the outcome of public policy affecting children's health and wellbeing. In addition, she leads advocacy trainings to empower families and caregivers to speak up for kids' health at the legislature and in the community. Prior to joining Children's Colorado, Zierke worked for the Colorado State Senate, where she established the outreach department for the Senate Majority, and founded Girls With Goals Day, a bipartisan civic engagement and empowerment program for 5th-grade girls across Colorado.

Prior to her work with the Colorado Senate, Zierke was the Media Director for a statewide campaign that was awarded "Best Political Ad of the Year" in two consecutive years. Zierke also worked for a political consulting firm, where she composed client communications, coordinated community events, and worked on numerous local and statewide campaigns.

Zierke earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder, is a graduate of the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver, and is a certified yoga instructor.

Jim Riesberg

Commissioner, Colorado Division of Insurance

Jim Riesberg is the Commissioner of the Colorado Division of Insurance, which regulates the state’s insurance industry and assists consumers and other stakeholders with insurance issues. He was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper and joined the Division of Insurance on July 1, 2011.

Prior to his appointment, Riesberg served in the Colorado General Assembly, where he was first elected in 2004 to represent House District 50 including Greeley, Garden City and Evans, Colorado. At the time of his appointment as Commissioner, Riesberg was the ranking member of the House Health and Environment Committee and a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

Lalit Bajaj, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Lalit Bajaj, MD, MPH, earned his Masters in Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, in 1995, and his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, in 1996. Dr. Bajaj completed his pediatric residency, a Chief Residency, and a fellowship in Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2003. He joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children's Hospital Colorado in 1999. Dr. Bajaj is currently Director of Evidence-Based Practice at Children's Hospital Colorado and Research Director for the Section of Emergency Medicine.

Abraham Morales

Associate and Multicultural Specialist, SE2

A former award-winning columnist, Abraham is the multicultural communications specialist for SE2, a Colorado-based communications firm focused on public issues, policy and social marketing. His professional experience includes marketing and media for Hispanic advertising agencies and news outlets and work for the Archdiocese of Denver as its associate director of Hispanic affairs and director of communications and development for the archdiocese's Hispanic center, Centro San Juan Diego. He regularly presents across Colorado on multicultural and multigenerational issues and recently presented to health care organizations and hospitals about Hispanic health care trends.

Arja Adair, Jr., MBA

President & CEO, Colorado Foundation for Medical Care

Arja Adair is the President and CEO of the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care (CFMC). Founded in 1970, CFMC is one of the most experienced and respected medical quality improvement organizations (QIOs) in the U.S., working with organizations to contain health care costs, improve quality of care and assure that health care dollars are spent on medically necessary and appropriate services. CFMC’s clients include the Medicare program, hospitals, managed care organizations, insurance companies, academic institutions and other QIOs. 

Mr. Adair has served as a member of the board of directors of the American Health Quality Association and is currently a member of the board of the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO), Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence, Think About It Colorado and the Colorado Patient Safety Coalition.

Arja Adair is the President and CEO of the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care (CFMC). Founded in 1970, CFMC is one of the most experienced and respected medical quality improvement organizations (QIOs) in the U.S., working with organizations to contain health care costs, improve quality of care and assure that health care dollars are spent on medically necessary and appropriate services. CFMC’s clients include the Medicare program, hospitals, managed care organizations, insurance companies, academic institutions and other QIOs.

Mr. Adair has served as a member of the board of directors of the American Health Quality Association and is currently a member of the board of the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO), Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence, Think About It Colorado and the Colorado Patient Safety Coalition.

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Dr. Jay Want

Principal, Want Healthcare LLC

Dr. Jay Want is the owner and principal of Want Healthcare, LLC. He consults for a wide variety of clients, including the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He also is currently chairman of the board of the nonprofit Center for Improving Value in Health Care in Colorado, a public-private partnership purposed to catalyze health care reform in the state.

For eight years, Dr. Want served as president and CEO of Physician Health Partners, LLC, a management services organization serving over 60,000 covered lives in Colorado and supporting nearly 300 primary care physicians in providing high quality, cost-effective care. He has served on task forces for the Colorado Division of Insurance, The Colorado Trust, Colorado Hospital Association, Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care Reform and as a fellow of the Colorado Health Foundation.

Dr. Want is considered an expert at controlling the cost of health care.

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Dr. Ned Calonge

President & CEO, The Colorado Trust

Ned Calonge, MD, serves as President and CEO of The Colorado Trust. Prior to joining The Colorado Trust in 2010, Dr. Calonge served as the Chief Medical Officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He also served as the Chief of the Department of Preventive Medicine for the Colorado Permanente Medical Group and was a family physician for 10 years. His current academic appointments include serving as Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine (UCD) and Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, UCD Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Calonge is a member and past President of the Colorado Medical Board, which licenses and regulates physicians.

Dr. Calonge earned a BA in Chemistry from The Colorado College, an MPH from the University of Washington and an MD from the University of Colorado. He is a recognized expert in controlling health care costs and expanding quality coverage for children.

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