Garen Corbett, MS is the Director of CHBRP. Corbett joined The California Health Benefits Review Program at the University of California's Office of the President as a Principal Analyst in early 2010, bringing with him over 13 years of policy and health care business experience. Previously, he was Deputy Director of The Health Industry Forum, which worked on reimbursement and health technology issues with leading policymakers and business executives. His ongoing consulting work has focused on federal and state health policy efforts and health care innovation.
Earlier in his career, Corbett provided strategic health care benefits and management consultant services to Liberty Healthcare Group, a national medical and pharmacy supply company, and for The Segal Company, an international human resource and benefits consulting firm. In government, Corbett was Assistant Director for Legislation and Policy at the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission (GIC). At the GIC, he was responsible for managing large health benefits programs, policy and legislative activities, and research.
Corbett earned an M.S. in Public Affairs from The McCormack Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts and a B.A. in Sociology and American Studies with honors from Brandeis University.
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John Lewis, MPA came to CHBRP in January of 2008 as a Principal Analyst. A native Texan, Lewis studied at Trinity University in San Antonio before completing a graduate degree in health policy at New York University. Lewis has a broad background in health delivery and health policy, having experience at local, state, and national levels. He has worked in hospitals, at a university, for a state government, and with a large, health-related, voluntary society. In the early 1990s, Lewis worked at Bellevue Hospital Center before managing AIDS programs at a hospital in the South Bronx. He directed an inpatient HIV testing service and oversaw other, grant-funded efforts. In 1999, Lewis left New York for a planning position with the American Cancer Society's National Home Office. In Oakland and Denver, he supported development of clinical goals for two of the Society's multi-state regions. In 2003, he began work with the Francis J. Curry National Tuberculosis Center, a training and education program. Based in San Francisco, he led a multi-agency planning effort for stakeholders from across the country. Prior to coming to CHBRP, Lewis also worked with the Immunization Branch of the California Department of Health Services, leading multi-party, state-wide immunization campaigns.
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Jeni Hagan, BA is a Graduate Health Policy Intern with CHBRP. Hagan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently a Doctor of Pharmacy candidate, with an interest in health services and policy research, at the University of California, San Francisco.
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Jessica Hunter, RN, BSN is a 2015 CHBRP summer intern. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and has been working as a Registered Nurse at Stanford Children’s Hospital since 2012. Hunter is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at the University of California, San Francisco in Health Policy. She initially became interested in health policy during her undergraduate role as Statewide Legislative Director for the California Nursing Students’ Association.
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Karla Wood is a Program Specialist with CHBRP. Wood comes most recently from UC Berkeley where she served as an Admissions Advisor at the School of Social Welfare. Before that she was a Program Analyst for Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration. She also served as a VISTA volunteer in Oakland. Wood has a Bachelor's of Science in Social Work from Florida State University.
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