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.
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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.
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Ryan Natividad is a Graduate Health Policy Intern with CHBRP. An MPP candidate of the inaugural cohort of the University of California, Riverside School of Public Policy, he is well-versed in public health and health policy. As the former Health Policy Coordinator at the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) in New York City, he has firsthand experience of the impact of healthy eating, active living, and the built environment on individual and community health. In this role, he oversaw CACF’s work regarding the Affordable Care Act, including CACF’s Navigator program, which provided culturally competent and language accessible health insurance enrollment to NY State of Health (NYSOH), NY State's official health plan Marketplace. He is a strong advocate of improved healthcare access, resources, and funding for the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities on the federal, state, and city levels. Ryan has been involved in various community health research assessing hypertension and physical activity in the Filipino American community, and earlier in his public health career, he was involved in peer education and laboratory research related to HIV/AIDS. He is currently a UC Global Food Initiative Fellow through the UC Office of the President and the Principal Investigator on research assessing food insecurity at UC Riverside, funded by the UC Global Health Institute, One Health Center of Expertise. Ryan has a BA in anthropology from Columbia University.
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AJ Scheitler, EdD has been a part of the CHBRP team since 2014 as a member of the cost team. She is also the coordinator of stakeholder relations and coordinator of the National Network of State and Local Health Surveys at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. AJ also manages several large programs at the Center. Prior to joining the Center, AJ conducted federal resource development activities for a number of institutions of higher education and lobbied Congress and the federal government for the interests of education organizations and post-secondary schools. She has experience at the state government level as well, having served as the Chief of Staff for the Florida Senate Minority Leader. AJ holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Northeastern University.
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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.
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Victoria Wertz, RN is a Graduate Health Policy Intern with CHBRP. Victoria holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Health Policy through the School of Nursing at University of California, San Francisco with a research focus on access to palliative care and alternative pain management options. Victoria also works as an registered nurse in outpatient oncology at Stanford Hospital and Clinics.
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.
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