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Barbara Martin, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, MPH, has more than 15 years of clinical and leadership experience in healthcare delivery, care coordination, and working across complex systems of care. She received her master’s degree in public health in 2013 to focus on population-based policy and systems change work to enhance and improve systems of care delivery.
Ms. Martin has been engaged with the SIM initiative since 2013. She served on the core SIM team during the grant planning process, and led state public health efforts to implement population health strategies to support SIM as director of the Health Systems Unit at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
She joined the SIM office in 2015 as director of the Transforming Clinical Practices initiative (TCPi), to lead statewide efforts to build a program that helps clinicians and practices transition into new care delivery and payment models. She stepped in as interim director for SIM in March 2016 and was promoted to the director role in September.
Laurel Broten, Data Strategy Coordinator (Email)
Laurel joined the SIM team October 2017 as the Data Strategy Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing SIM’s telehealth and data sharing policy strategies, aligning priorities with Health First Colorado (Colorado Medicaid), and helping the data and evaluation team with data strategy and analytics.
Laurel holds an MPH in Health Policy from Emory University and has experience in research, policy analysis, program evaluation, and local public health. She worked for several years as a research assistant for a group of clinical epidemiologists at the McGill University Health Centre where she published two peer reviewed articles and presented findings at national conferences. During her time at Emory, she was the Data Information Specialist for the Healthcare Innovation Program where she conducted an evaluation of the Program. She most recently worked as the Land Use and Built Environment Specialist at Tri-County Health Department where she worked with local governments and stakeholders to implement policies and systems that promote healthy living.
Shi Lynn Coleman, Workforce and Population Health Programs Manager (Email)
Shi Lynn Coleman joined the SIM team May 2017 as the workforce and population health programs manager. In this role, she will partner with healthcare organizations to build, strengthen, and coordinate efforts in the healthcare community.
Shi Lynn’s background includes working for the state of Illinois and several nonprofit organizations for the last decade. Specifically, she was working on system reform, system of care, and integrating primary care and behavioral health. She has a Masters of Public Administration and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Shi Lynn is thrilled to join the SIM team and have the opportunity to continue to work on issues she is most passionate about including population health, workforce, and consumer engagement.
Megan Comer, Small Grants Program Administrator (Email)
Megan Comer joined the Colorado SIM team in August 2016 as the Stakeholder Engagement Program Assistant. In this role, Megan provides logistical support to each of SIM’s eight workgroups, Steering Committee, and Advisory Board.
Before becoming a SIM team member, Megan worked at the Colorado Foundation for Public Health & the Environment, the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials and the Public Health Alliance of Colorado. Megan has expertise in customer service, event planning, and program support. With a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of Colorado Denver and a passion for mental health, Megan is deeply grateful to be a part of the dynamic Colorado public health community.
Gretchen DeRuiter, SIM Program Assistant (Email)
Gretchen DeRuiter was born and raised in Columbus, OH and graduated with BS in Exercise Science Education from The Ohio State University in 1999. Gretchen was exposed to entrepreneur work at an early age and was hooked. Destine for Colorado, she finally made the move to launch her career and ended up going in the direction of IT/Information Security startup businesses. She remained in the career field for several years until she started a family. As a mother, she ran several businesses out of her home In order to be there for her family while keeping busy. In 2014, Gretchen was ready to get back into health care and accepted a position with the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF). Since working at HCPF, Gretchen has worked with the Eligibility Department, the Health Information Office and now the State Innovation Model (SIM) office. In Gretchen’s spare time, she enjoys being with her family and playing in the mountain of Colorado. Gretchen and her husband, Tyler, have two girls who all love biking, hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, 4-wheeling, renovating their home and much, much more.
Nathan Drashner, Data and Evaluation Program Manager (Email)
Nathan has been working in an executive management role as the Assistant Director of the IdahoSTARS project for the past four years. The six years prior to IdahoSTARS, he was a research analyst and epidemiology lead on behavioral health issues. Nathan has a wealth of experience in supervision, government, legislation, research, data management and evaluation, contracts, program and system development. The SIM office is excited to have Nathan onboard as the Data and Evaluation Program Manager Manager.
Carissa Fralin, Program Implementation Manager (Email)
Carissa Fralin, MSW, LCSW, has spent most of her career in health care, including hospitals, hospice/palliative care, and nursing facilities. Most recently, Carissa worked in a primary care clinic where she supervised the Integrated Care Team. She brings over 20 years of clinical experience and a direct practice understanding of integrated care to the SIM office.
Carissa graduated with her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver and is licensed. She teaches several courses in the Social Work Department at Metropolitan State University and in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver, including Policy, Legal Issues, Clinical Skills and Health Care.
Carissa is honored be a part of the SIM vision, and to guide the implementation of integrating Behavioral Health into primary care in order to improve the overall health of all Coloradans.
Heather Grimshaw, Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships (Email)
Heather has worked in healthcare publishing circles for the last 15 years. Prior to joining the SIM team, she worked as senior editorial manager for the Medical Group Management Association and was responsible for its suite of publications. In her role as communications manager for SIM, Heather oversees publications, creates content, schedules panel presentations and conducts outreach to industry and consumer groups.
Connor Holzkamp, Communications Coordinator (Email)
Connor joined the SIM Office in May, 2014 and works as the Communications Coordinator for the project. In this role, Connor assists the communications manager to develop and implement communications strategies for SIM. His duties include: managing the SIM website, creating newsletters and publications, and acting as a main point of contact for outside stakeholders who want to learn more about SIM through the website.
Connor graduated in May 2013 from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Media Studies. Prior to joining the SIM Office in 2014 he was an administrative assistant for the Colorado Medical Clean Claims Task Force, a group which sought to make a standardized set of claim edits to be used by all providers and insurers in the state. Connor has a passion for communications and healthcare, and is thrilled to be working for the SIM Office.
Krysten Joyce, Strategy and Policy Manager (Email)
Krysten Joyce joined the Colorado SIM team in June 2017 as the Strategy and Policy Manager. In this role, Krysten is leading efforts to identify policy strategies that remove barriers to integrated physical and behavioral health and that support value-based payment. Krysten brings over five years of health policy and political experience as a former legislative staffer for U.S. Senator Mark Udall in Washington, DC. She served as the Senator’s advisor on healthcare issues, including the Affordable Care Act, women’s reproductive health, and rural health services.
Krysten is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, where she received her Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management. During her time at Cal, she worked at Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Policy, where she focused on the analysis of current health policy trends specifically related to Affordable Care Act implementation and pharmaceutical drug pricing.
Ryan Law, Administration and Contracts Manager (Email)
With over 10 years in healthcare including 5 years in direct care as a counselor on the psych unit at the Children’s Hospital, and 4 and half years in care management at Colorado Access, Ryan oversees the budgets, contracts, and correspondence with the SIM federal partners for the SIM initiative. As the SIM Administration and Contracts Manager, Ryan directs the processes for contracting, SIM budgeting, and release of funds for SIM operational work.
Amy Luu, Stakeholder Engagement Program Assistant (Email)
As the Stakeholder Engagement Program Assistant, Amy Luu serves as the first point of contact with stakeholders and workgroup members, as well as, assisting in managing the logistics of all workgroup related meetings, events, etc. Amy had previously worked for the Colorado State Innovation Model from September 2016 to June 2017 as a Program Assistant until she made a decision to depart and explore other career fields. She then worked for National Jewish Health as a Health and Wellness Coach for a few months until deciding to return to the SIM Office. Additional professional experience includes working for Children’s Hospital Colorado as a Patient Family Service Specialist. Amy has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Elizabeth Mattes, Data Management Specialist (Email)
Elizabeth joined the SIM Office in May 2018 as the Data Management Specialist. In this role, she is the responsible for supporting practices in their use of data to inform practice transformation efforts. Her work includes working with SIM partners to provide assistance for the submission of data for evaluation and reporting purposes. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Denver, where she received her Masters in International Development. Prior to joining the SIM team, Elizabeth worked internationally for several years developing and implementing initiatives focused on improving health and education systems. She has a passion for improving community development initiatives through innovation as a mechanism to drive sustainable change, and is honored to be working with the SIM team.
Leilani Russel, Data Coordinator/Analyst (Email)
Leilani Russel, MPH is the SIM Data Coordinator/Analyst. Her duties for SIM include collecting, validating, and preparing data for the quarterly report to federal funders, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). This work includes working closely with SIM data reporting partners to ensure data quality and timely reporting as well as preparing data visualizations for various SIM communications channels.
Leilani is a graduate from the Colorado School of Public Health with a Masters of Public Health Degree in Epidemiology and has worked on various research projects as a data analyst.
Andrew Forbes, TCPi program coordinator (Email)
Andrew Forbes is the Program Coordinator for the Transforming Clinical Practice initiative (TCPi), housed in the office of the State Innovation Model (SIM). Andrew provides contractor and grant management support to the Colorado Practice Transformation Network as well as acting as one of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations (CMMI) TCPi grant contacts at the state level. Andrews duties for TCPi range from budget tracking and contract negotiations to project planning and program strategy development. Before joining the SIM team Andrew started his career at the Rock Island County Health Department, holding the positions of Affordable Care Act Navigator, Tobacco Policy Coordinator and Public Information Officer. Andrew is a native of Illinois and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from Northern Illinois University in 2012 before moving to Colorado for his stereotypical interests in hiking, snowboarding and numerous other outdoor activities.
Matt Keelin, Program Manager (Email)
In his role as the TCPi Program Manager, Matt has responsibility for all aspects of the initiative to prepare providers for changes in healthcare payment and delivery. Matt has held various healthcare roles during his career. Prior to joining the SIM team, he primarily worked in the hospital environment in roles ranging from Finance and Budget, Contracting, Strategic and Facility Planning and Administration.