In the 5 Points of Health Care™ series of roundtables, we invite subject matter experts to discuss best practices around innovating successfully in their sector.
Rural health is often overlooked in the innovation arena but they are truly on the front lines – working on ways to better communicate, engage and improve health in regions with geographical and cultural barriers. Join Ben Lindekugel and Jacqueline Barton True to discuss the unique ways rural health providers are pulling in innovation.
Ben Lindekugel is the Executive Director of the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts. AWPHD is a trade association of 55 hospital districts which collectively cover about two-thirds of the area of the state and serve about 10% of the state’s population.
Prior to joining AWPHD, Ben worked for 15 years at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, Washington developing and leading community-based services, managing various clinical departments and heading up community relations and board governance. Between Evergreen and AWPHD, Ben consulted with rural hospitals and other community organizations around management, governance and organizational development issues. Ben started his career at United Way of King County where he was United Way’s first paid lobbyist, advocating for social and health services in the state capital.
Ben is married, has two adult sons, and two extraordinary grandchildren.
Jacqueline Barton True is the Senior Director of Rural Health Programs for the Washington State Hospital Association. She works on a variety of policy and regulatory issues impacting rural hospitals, with an emphasis on delivery system reform and the transition to value based methodologies. A major focus is the Healthier Washington Initiative, through which Jacqueline partners with the Washington State Health Care Authority and the State Department of Health to build a sustainable path forward for rural health systems. She works with rural hospitals and communities to promote better health and a better health care system for all Washington communities.
Jacqueline joined WSHA five years ago. Prior to WSHA, Jacqueline worked in the office of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Originally from Cincinnati, she holds a Masters of Social Work and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Washington. Jacqueline was recently named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader, and serves on the board of Partners for Rural Washington, the Western Washington Area Health Education Center, and the Seattle Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
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