Company: CA Dept of Managed Heath Care
Title: Chief, Help Center Data Management
Working to influence public policy, provide valuable public services and communicate accurate, impactful information have been the focus of Ron’s career.As a California State employee for the last 16 years, he has helped develop healthcare policy, managed proposed legislation for a State Senator and administered government healthcare-related programs. For 15 years prior to that he led or served on teams that produced health education and behavior-change campaigns, conducted research to improve healthcare delivery systems and produced television programs often about community issues. He earned a Master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University College of Communication and a certificate in public health informatics from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.
He currently serves as the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), HelpCenter, Chief of Data Management.From 2008 through 2016 he served as the Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development, Healthcare Information Division, Deputy Director, overseeing the collection, analysis and release of data, including hospital patient records, and production of public reports and web query-tools about 6,000 healthcare facilities. Throughout 2007 and 2008, during national debate about Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) federal funding reauthorization, he served as Deputy Director of Health Policy, External and Legislative Affairs and spokesperson for the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board which administered SCHIP.During 2005 and 2006, he served as a legislative aide to State Senator/Banking, Finance & Insurance Committee Chair Jackie Speier and from 2000 to 2005 held various positions at the DMHC, including acting Legislative Coordinator.
Earlier in his career, Ron was nominated for a New England Emmy Award for producing public service announcements about homelessness at WCVB-TV, Boston, served on a team there that received a Gabriel Award for Nation’s Best Public Service Campaign) and was awarded a Rotary International Foundation, Group Study Exchange fellowship.