Rhonda Metze, Founder/CEO
Rhonda’s mission is to leave this world a better place than she found it. She founded Health Initiatives Consulting to foster a healthier nation healthier by helping providers, networks, and payers achieve true population health management and sustainable, high-quality, cost-effective healthcare delivery platforms. She has more than 20 years of diverse healthcare and health IT experience in private and government sectors, including executive-level healthcare management, healthcare transformation, population health management, value-based care delivery models, and optimization of innovative health IT platforms.
Loretta Khangura, MPH, RN, CHTS-CP, PCMH-CCE, VP, Practice Transformation
An accomplished, bi-lingual informatics nurse consultant, Loretta is passionate about data analytics and its impact on healthcare populations, practices, and providers. She has more than 20 years of HIT and analytics experience in government public health, home health, hospitals, and population health management. Previously, she held positions in FQHCs including Perinatal Program Manager, QI Director, and Director of Population Health. A dynamic educator and speaker, her skills in progressive management and administration, quality metrics reporting, training, and technology are invaluable in helping clients improve clinical processes and outcomes. Loretta earned her MPH from Johns Hopkins University and volunteered as a nurse with the U.S. Peace Corps in Guatemala.
Russ Kolski, RN, BSN, MSA, VP, Clinical and Operational Transformation
Russ has worked in the healthcare industry for more than 30 years as a paramedic, RN, and administrator, primarily in primary care, in both rural and urban settings. At Ingham Community Health Center, he was FQHC Quality Improvement Manager and Executive Director with added expertise in emergency management, facilities, and strategic planning. Russ led Baldwin Family Health Center initiatives for Joint Commission, AAAHC and PCMH accreditation; population based registry selection and implementation; medical workflow standardization; and EHR optimization for provider efficiency and maximum data collection. Russ has a passion for developing innovative programming for underserved populations, maximizing provider and staff engagement, and utilizing clinical data to ensure sustainable operations. He received his MS in Administration from Central Michigan University and his BSN from Eastern Michigan University.
Ilse Bell, MD, Sr. Director Quality and Practice Transformation
Ilse is a results-oriented healthcare professional who engages physician leadership and drives practice transformation to team-based patient-centered care. Her application of NCQA PCMH recognition standards has resulted in NCQA Level 3 PCMH recognition for 5 out of 5 multi-site primary care practices. During her 7 years Amerigroup Community Care, NJ (Anthem), she trained practices in quality improvement and cost containment metrics; benchmarked results; and created practice transformation procedures and tools. She was the health plan liaison for the implementation of Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCi) and Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) in the New Jersey market. Ilse received her doctor of medicine degree from Brown University and her BS in biology from Spelman College.
Senely Navarrete, MPH, PCMH-CCE, VP, Practice Transformation
Senely Navarrete has more than 15 years of experience in clinical management, quality improvement, data driven strategies, training, and practice transformation. Previously, she was a quality consultant with OSIS, where she supported practices in medical home transformation and optimized data reporting tools for performance improvement. As Chief Quality Officer for Communicare Health Centers, Senely led organization-wide data-driven improvement efforts, established the organization’s QI monitoring and reporting system., and achieved NCQA Patient Center Medical Home Recognition. She has also held QI management positions with California Medical Association and California Primary Care Association. Senely earned her MPH in Community Health Sciences from UCLA. She is a NCQA PCMH Certified Content Expert and a NextGen Certified Professional.
Nancy Thompson, PCMH-CCE, VP, Training & Education
Nancy is a 20-year veteran of FQHC health IT and data analytics. A pioneer in integrated population health management (PMH), she believed that integrated health IT could help FQHCs effectively manage the nation’s most high-risk and medically underserved populations. As one of the first employees of a ground-breaking PMH technology start-up, known today as i2i Population Health, her work impacted the lives of populations, care teams, and provider practices nationwide. During her 15-year tenure, Nancy was VP of Product & Data Analytics, VP of Education & Training and gained expertise in data analytics, interoperability, EMR, patient management, labs, immunizations, health information exchange, payer data acquisition, patient registries, and conversion modules, as well as initiatives including UDS, HEDIS, MACRA, MU, PCMH, CPC+.
King Wright, VP, Data Integration & Strategy
King’s passion is “everything data” that drives improved patient outcomes. His 30 years of healthcare experience includes technical support, implementation, and analytics in population health management, data acquisition, EMRs, and patient management. He began his technology career at HealthPro, a division of Medical Manager-WebMD, where became the lead support engineer. He spent 13 years at i2i Population Health, where he created and managed the support and implementation departments, and developed the data analytics department into the company’s largest team. During his tenure as VP of Data Analytics at i2i, the product portfolio grew to hundreds of interfaces including EMR, patient management, payer data acquisition, patient registries, and conversions modules.
Chris Espersen, MSPH, VP, Health Transformation & Engagement Strategy
Chris is focused on reducing healthcare disparities among underserved populations and fostering patient empowerment. She works with public health organizations across the nation, providing technical assistance in data fidelity, patient engagement, and quality improvement. Previously, she was the quality director at a FQHC, and conducted training in the U.S., Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Chris speaks nationally on numerous topics, including value-based payment, social determinants, patient and family engagement, and data-driven quality improvement. Chris is co-chair of the legislatively created Patient Centered Health Advisory Council. She is an adjunct instructor at Drake University, where she teaches social determinants of health.