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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, Garen 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, Garen 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. Garen 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.

Contact information:
Director
(510) 987-9177
E-mail Garen Corbett

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John Lewis, MPA, came to CHBRP in January of 2008 as a Principal Analyst. A native Texan, John studied at Trinity University in San Antonio before completing a graduate degree in health policy at New York University. John 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, John 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, John 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, John also worked with the Immunization Branch of the California Department of Health Services, leading multi-party, state-wide immunization campaigns.

Contact information:
Associate Director
(510) 987-0259
E-mail John Lewis

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Adara Citron, MPH, is a Principal Analyst with CHBRP. Prior to joining CHBRP, Adara was a Program Analyst with the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority where she assisted small businesses purchase health insurance through DC Health Link and oversaw Broker registration and training. Previously, she was a Policy Associate with the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Women’s Health Policy team where she focused on issues related to insurance coverage of abortion and contraception. Adara holds a Master of Public Health in Health Policy from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from San Jose State University.

Contact information:
Principal Analyst
(510) 987-9173
E-mail Adara Citron

Juan Miramontes is an Intern with CHBRP. Juan is currently a senior at UC Berkeley where he studies public health with an emphasis in health policy and management. He currently works at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health as UC-Mexico Student Assistant where he assists senior faculty in the development and execution of a certificate program for Mexican physicians, hospital managers, and other public health practitioners. Previously, he worked as an administrative assistant at Prevention Institute where he supported the Making Connections team on their mental health initiative for boys and men of color. He aspires to attend an MPH program where he could delve into the intersection of education, policy, and public health. 
Contact information:
Intern
(510) 287-3899
E-mail Juan Miramontes

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Erin Shigekawa, MPH, is a Principal Analyst with CHBRP. Prior to joining CHBRP, Erin worked at the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT), a health policy research center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. At CHRT, she analyzed various issues related to health reform, health insurance trends and community health needs. Previously, Erin spent a year in Taiwan as a Fulbright Fellow researching chronic kidney disease disparities and Taiwan’s health care system. She holds a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Contact information:
Principal Analyst
(510) 987-0619
E-mail Erin Shigekawa

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Karla Wood is a Program Specialist with CHBRP. Karla 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. Karla has a Bachelor's of Science in Social Work from Florida State University.


Contact information:

Program Specialist
(510) 287-3878
E-mail Karla Wood