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Gary Christopherson

Works at and grew up near village of Nelson, WI.  Formerly in University Park, MD (Greater Washington DC area). 


   Throughout career, Gary "Chris" Christopherson, Founder, has focused on strategic systems, management and performance and on national policy issues and health and human service systems, models and reform. 


  • Founder of "Thrive!", "viaFuture", "Vulnerable", "HealthePeople"

  • Senior Advisor to Chief Operating Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

  • Acting Assistant Secretary, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and Senior Advisor for Health Affairs,

  • Senior Advisor to Under Secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration. 

  • Senior Fellow / Scholar-in-Residence, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences

  • Senior Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration

  • Deputy Director, Quality Improvement Group, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 

  • Chief Information Officer, Veterans Health Administration DoD

  • Senior Advisor for Force Health Protection, Assistant Secretary for Reserve Affairs, DoD

  • Associate Director, Office of Presidential Personnel, White House

  • Director of Health Legislation, U.S. House Select Committee on Aging     

Bachelor’s in Political Science and Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Wisconsin - Madison.  Doctoral work at John Hopkins University School of Public Health.


   During his career, has had a wide range of accomplishments, including:

  • Founded "Thrive!", "viaFuture", "Vulnerable", "HealthePeople"
  • Developed national model for “reducing vulnerability and maximizing thriving”
  • Led Strategic/Operational Plan for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, especially for vulnerable
  • Developed “person-centered health” model used by VHA, CMS and IOM to better improve health
  • Developed national “virtual health system” model for using info systems to support people’s health
  • Led, with the Surgeons General, the re-design and re-engineering of the Military Health System
  • Obtained Presidential approval for “force health protection” for vulnerable military service members
  • Designed, developed and managed inner city health system in Milwaukee, WI
  • Wrote legislation introduced to protect the un- and under insured and reform Medicare and Medicaid Developed and was lead staff for Congressional hearings on un-/underinsured, Alzheimer’s research and care, long term care, and health costs
  • Helped lead effort to increase Alzheimer’s research funding many fold
  • Developed “behavioral effectiveness model” for improving health for the most vulnerable
  • Developed “care in the community” model for extending care beyond health facilities’ into the community  
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