Kristen joined NC DHHS as the Chief of Population Health in April 2023. As Chief of Population Health, Kristen oversees DHHS care management programs and value-based initiatives, and she is dedicated to ensuring North Carolinians have access to high-quality health care services.
Prior to her work with Medicaid, Kristen was Vice President of Value-Based and Managed Care Services with the NC Community Health Center Association where she was responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the Carolina Medical Home Network (CMHN), a Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) of Federally Qualified Health Centers. In that role, Kristen was responsible for ensuring participating network practices performed successfully in value-based contracts and provided effective care management services to Medicaid beneficiaries. Prior to that role, Kristen served as NCCHCA’s Director of Policy and Governmental Affairs, driving NCCHCA’s state-level policy strategy. Kristen also has experience in the academic environment working with Duke’s Center on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness researching environmental harm reduction technologies, as well as with the NC Institute of Medicine researching state health priority areas.
Kristen grew up in Durham, North Carolina, is a graduate of Georgetown and Duke (Master of Public Policy) Universities, and can be found on the weekends spending time with her husband and children or hiking one of NC’s beautiful trails.