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  • Despite the potential consequences for babies, up to 10 percent of pregnant women opt to deliver through C-section or induction prior to 39 weeks gestation without medical indication. 

  • The CDC has declared adolescent vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) one of the top five public health priorities of 2014. Last month the President's Cancer Council also issued an urgent call to action to improve HPV vaccination rates.

  • Evidence has consistently shown that hospital consolidations are associated with higher prices, but preventing anti-competitive mergers has proven difficult.

  • For decades steady increases in lifestyle-related illnesses have affected our quality of life and our bottom line. With more than half of Americans now facing at least one chronic disease, the status quo is no longer acceptable. 

  • Health care is a uniquely challenging consumer experience: it can be complex and expensive but also vital and deeply personal. It’s no wonder that consumers are looking to technology to help simplify their health care choices—and businesses are increasingly meeting them with solutions.

  • Patient-centered care has at its base a very powerful concept: health care decisions should be driven by the preferences, needs and values of the patient. In this essay, Michael Millenson identifies three distinct ways of thinking about patient-centered care—ethically, economically and clinically.


Nancy Chockley

President and CEO

As the founding president of the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) and NIHCM Foundation, Ms. Chockley has led the organizations since inception in 1993, steering them through two of the most interesting decades of health care policy. She has spearheaded NIHCM Foundation's work in obesity, pharmaceuticals, prevention, children's health and the uninsured.

Ms. Chockley is a national voice in the health care arena and has been featured on many broadcasts such as ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, NBC News with Tom Brokaw, BBC and CNN, and in numerous print outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today.

Ms. Chockley received her MBA in 1983 and her BA, with Distinction in Economics, in 1980 from the University of Virginia.

Prior to founding NIHCM, Ms. Chockley was a principal in the Strategy Practice of Mercer Management Consulting where she worked with a variety of industries, including health care and pharmaceuticals, since 1985. Her experience spans the areas of business strategy development, best practices benchmarking and strategy implementation.

Katherine McDonald

Communications Advisor and Coordinator

Ms. McDonald joined NIHCM in March 2010 and currently handles the implementation of NIHCM's communications strategy. In this position, she maintains the NIHCM Foundation website, coordinates product dissemination and takes a leading role in developing new strategies to extend the organization's reach. She also supports the Foundation's awards efforts.

Previously, Ms. McDonald held administrative positions at both non-profit and for-profit organizations, where she focused on improving the quality of client communications. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Carolyn Myers

Administrative Manager

Ms. Myers joined NIHCM in January 2005 with an extensive background including 20 years in various educational settings. She taught high school and was on the faculties of The University of Akron (Ohio) and Anne Arundel (Maryland) Community College. While at the University of Akron, she specialized in computer-based education presenting before boards of education nationally. Prior to joining NIHCM, Ms. Myers was the administrator of a 500 member nonprofit organization in the Annapolis area. In addition to a BS, summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University, she holds a National Association of Security Dealers, Series 7 license.

Ms. Myers maintains NIHCM’s multi-grant operating budgets by managing grant resources, complying with guidelines and reporting methods, and processing accounts payable. Her other areas of responsibility include administrative operations, meeting planning and human resources.

Amanda Parker

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Parker joined NIHCM in July 2012 and provides assistance to the Administrative Manager. In this position she maintains the NIHCM Foundation database and completes general administrative tasks.  She also contributes to website edits and updates.

Ms. Parker is a self-taught fine artist who pursued a Bachelor of Science at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She derived skills in both database management and website development during her enrollment. 

Claire Rudolph

Senior Research and Policy Analyst

Ms. Rudolph joined NIHCM in February 2011.  She comes to NIHCM having previously worked for the Research Foundation of the State University of New York as a consultant to the New York State Department of Health.  In this capacity she worked to help streamline the state's Home and Community Based Services Medicaid Waiver programs.

Ms. Rudolph received her master's degree in public health with a concentration in health policy and management from the University at Albany's School of Public Health.  She graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in sociology and health science from the State University of New York at Oswego.

Ms. Rudolph's work at NIHCM is focused on the organization's maternal and child health projects.

Kathryn Santoro

Director of Policy and Development

Ms. Santoro joined NIHCM in 2004 and currently leads the organization's health policy portfolio. In this capacity, she conducts research and analysis on health policy issues in support of improving practices used by health care decision makers and industry leaders. Previously, Ms. Santoro was a Communications Assistant with Robert Betz Associates, a health policy consulting firm, and a Project Consultant for Women in Government/Digene Corporation, where she led the development of a state-by-state report card on cervical cancer screening.

Ms. Santoro received her master's degree in public policy and women's studies from The George Washington University and graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in political science and women's studies from Villanova University.

Julie Schoenman

Director of Research and Quality

Dr. Schoenman joined NIHCM Foundation in September 2007 with an extensive background in health policy research.  Previously, she was Senior Research Scientist with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, where she also served as the Deputy Director of the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis.  Prior to her tenure at NORC, she spent 17 years as a Senior Research Director with the Project HOPE Center for Health Affairs.  She has led many research studies on topics as diverse as Medicare policy and provider payment, health information technology, and access to care, and has published results from these studies in numerous journals.  

Dr. Schoenman is a graduate of Bellarmine University and received her MA and PhD from Vanderbilt University in Economics.

At NIHCM, she leads the foundation’s research agenda and development of further topics of study.


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