Author Bios

William Pinnock, MS is a Research Coordinator at OCHIN where he assists with the creation, execution, and dissemination of research projects. William graduated from Portland State University with an MS in Communication where he focused on health communication, rural mass media, education, and qualitative methods. He has experience working in commercial health insurance, healthcare research, radio broadcasting, and adult education. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Portland State University where he teaches public speaking.

Heather Angier, MPH, is a Senior Research Associate at Oregon Health & Science University, Department of Family Medicine.  She works closely with OCHIN’s research team on projects involving health policy and HIT. Her research interests include population health, health services research, and health policy.

Steffani Bailey, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor at Oregon Health & Science University, Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Bailey’s primary research is in cardiovascular disease prevention, with a focus on the treatment of nicotine dependence. She is particularly interested in developing effective smoking cessation services in primary care settings that provide services to underserved populations. Her previous research includes studying the initiation of smoking in college freshmen, conducting lab-based studies designed to examine craving processes, and directing randomized clinical trials to examine the efficacy of extended treatment for smoking cessation in both adolescents and adults.

Deborah Cohen, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. She has been developing her skills in qualitative methods for more than 20 years, and has spent more than a decade studying primary care practices, with a focus on clinician-patient communication, practice change and improvement and health information technology use. She has been a Principal Investigator on several federal and foundation funded grants, leading mixed methods teams to understand and tackle the complicated problems related to implementing and disseminating new innovations and important quality improvements in primary care practice. Her work has focused on comparing the effectiveness of approaches for improving preventive services, health behavior and behavioral and mental health care in the primary care setting.

Erika Cottrell, PhD, MPP, is an Investigator at OCHIN and Research Assistant Professor at Oregon Health and Science University. Erika is trained as a sociologist and conducts research related to patient and stakeholder engagement, health policy, social determinants of health, and women’s and children’s health. She is Principal Investigator of OCHIN’s RWJ-funded evaluation of the APM demonstration project in Oregon.

MJ Dunne, MA, is a research associate with OCHIN. Her research areas of interest are healthcare access in safety-net clinics after implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Reproductive Health in the safety-net and Research Dissemination. She received an MA from Portland State University with a focus on health communication, qualitative methods and critical theory of mass media.

Scott Fields, MDChief Medical Officer for OCHIN, is responsible for providing clinical leadership and guidance to the development, implementation, and management of clinical and health IT systems, including electronic health records (EHRs) and other HIT systems. He is also responsible for the information needs of OCHIN’s clinical research, support, and clinical consulting services. Dr. Fields serves as Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine at OHSU, where he has been on faculty for over 24 years. As a practicing family physician and clinical leader, he has extensive experience in organizing and effectively using data in the clinical environment.

Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, MD, is an Oregon State Senator and family physician at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) where she provides primary care to both children and adults. Senator Steiner strongly believes that everyone deserves access to high quality primary health care. In 2002, she started working as a citizen advocate for the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians. During the 2005 legislative session, she helped pass a bill that requires health insurers to cover Clinical Breast Examinations for women. In 2011, as the President of the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians, she helped lead a large coalition of healthcare organizations to pass two landmark health reform bills that will improve access to high-quality primary care for all Oregonians. In December of that same year she was appointed to the Oregon State Senate, where she has continued to work to improve our health care system by expanding access, increasing the quality of care, and reducing cost.

Brigit Hatch, MD, MPH, graduated from Cornell University and received a medical degree and master degree in public health from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).  She then completed two residencies at OHSU – one  in Family Medicine and one in Preventive Medicine.  As a family physician, she loves providing holistic care of patients and their families across the life cycle.  Her additional training in preventive medicine allows her to help patients, families, and the community to find ways to be well.  Her interests include reproductive health, obstetrics, children’s health, treatment of addiction, and public health.

Sonja Likumahuwa, MID, MPH, is a Research Associate at Oregon Health and Science University Department of Family Medicine.  She works closely with OCHIN and its research team on multiple projects involving health policy and HIT, and facilitating patient engagement in research. Her research interests include health policy, community health, global health and international development.

Miguel Marino, PhD, joined the Department of Family Medicine in 2012 and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Division of Biostatistics at OHSU. Dr. Marino’s research focuses on: development and implementation of novel statistical methodology to address complexities associated with the use of electronic health records (EHRs) to study changes in policy; validation of EHRs as a reliable source for observation studies; study of the effect of workplace interventions on sleep and cardiometabolic outcomes; development of a new cardiometabolic risk prediction model for preventive health maintenance.

K. John McConnell, PhD, directs the Center for Health Systems Effectiveness at Oregon Health & Science University. The Center is focused on providing evidence on the best ways to slow health care spending. Dr. McConnell’s work has been noteworthy for his close collaboration with key stakeholders, frequently working with provider groups and association or serving as an advisor to the Legislature and state policy makers. His research has included studies of emergency care, behavioral health care, “Lean” and related management approaches, and state health policy.  He is currently directing a large federally and philanthropically funded study of the economic impacts of Oregon’s Medicaid transition to “Coordinated Care Organizations.”

John Heintzman, MD, MPH, Dr. Heintzman received his Bachelor of Science in psychology at the University of Michigan and his doctor of medicine at Temple University.His residency in family medicine took place at Oregon Health & Science University.

Laura Sisulak, MPH, is the Strategic Advisor & Special Projects Director at the Oregon Primary Care Association. She manages OPCA’s administrative policy work, organizational strategic planning and special projects.


Other Authors

Jill Arkind, MPH

Jennifer Coury, MALS

Glenn Kautz, MPH

Craig Hostetler, MHA

Kaleb Keaton, MA