Associate Director, Population Health

Alissa Beers, MA, is the associate director for population health at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). In this role, she leads projects focused on strengthening partnerships across sectors to establish a new culture of collaboration and alignment for advancing population health goals, improve health outcomes, and control costs. Ms. Beers oversees CHCS’ technical assistance to state Medicaid and public health teams in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 6|18 Initiative to improve health and control health care costs by enhancing the coverage, access, utilization, and quality of evidence-based prevention practices for Medicaid beneficiaries. Ms. Beers also works on efforts to address social determinants of health by exploring state-level, cross-sector programs and policies outside the health care sector that drive meaningful improvements in population health.

Prior to joining CHCS, Ms. Beers served as assistant vice president of quality and patient safety, regulatory and professional affairs at Greater New York Hospital Association. There, she led the implementation of large-scale multi-hospital quality improvement initiatives to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and prevent avoidable hospital readmissions. She was responsible for the day-to-day management of the New York State Partnership for Patients—part of a national Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services initiative to improve the quality and safety of health care provided in hospitals. In addition, Ms. Beers coordinated workforce training initiatives and educational briefings for health care professionals.

Previously, Ms. Beers held various positions at nonprofit organizations working on health and social issues, including managing skin cancer prevention initiatives as well as facilitating learning opportunities within the entertainment industry for accurate depiction of health and social issues in the media. She completed a health communication fellowship at the National Cancer Institute within the Department of Health & Human Services’ National Institutes of Health.

Ms. Beers holds a master’s degree in health communication from George Mason University. She received a bachelor’s degree in communication from The College of New Jersey.