Kathleen O'Connor

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    • Organization:CodeBlueNow!
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    My Expertise

      Summary of expertise:
      Kathleen O'Connor has over 30 years experience in the health care industry as an author, consultant, industry analyst and columnist. She has been a bureaucrat, an entrepreneur, the Medicare marketing and sales executive for a for-profit HMO, and a non-profit executive. She has the rare ability to take complicated health care information and turn it into language that consumers understand.
      O'Connor has written for publications including the Wall Street Journal, California CEO, Washington CEO, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, HMO Magazine, Nashville Business Journal, Puget Sound Business Journal, and Health Care Informatics. She served as a columnist for The Seattle Times from 2000 to 2004, and is the author of The Buck Stops Nowhere: Why America's Health Care is All Dollars and No Sense, Hara Press.
      In 2003, O'Connor founded CodeBlueNow!, a national, nonpartisan grassroots, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to giving the public a voice in shaping health care policy.

      Blog/Web site: www.codebluenow.org
      Books/articles published:
      Author of
      -The Alzheimer's CareGiver, Strategies for Support, University of Washington Press
      -The Buck Stops Nowhere: Why America's Health Care is All Dollars and No Sense, Hara Press
      -A Glossary of Health Care Terms and Definitions, TUB Press, Berkeley, CA
      Publisher of
      -The O'ConnorReport: Insights and Commentaries on Health Care Today
      Columnist for The Seattle Times, 2000-2004

      Winner of Edward E. Carlson Distinguished Alumni Award from Seattle Chamber of Commerce Leadership Tomorrow, 2003
      Winner of International Distinguished Leadership Award, Community Leadership Program founded by the Kettering Foundation
      U.S. Health and Human Services Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee, 1999-2004
      U.S. Health and Human Services Womens' Health Advisory Committee, 1997-1999
      Founder and President of W.H.E.R.E (Women for Healthcare Equity through Reform and Education)
      Association of Health Care Journalists
      National Coalition on Health Care
      National Council of Women's Organizations
      US Womens Chamber of Commerce

      Prior media experience:
      A noted expert on the subject of health care policy and reform, Kathleen has been interviewed numerous times in both print and broadcast media nationwide for more than two decades.
      She has been quoted as an industry expert in national consumer magazines such as Glamour and Woman's Day, and has been featured as an industry analyst on Pure Oxygen, the news program of Oxygen Cable Channel.
      She has also written on health policy topics for newspapers, magazines and blogs, including four years as a columnist for The Seattle Times.

      Educational background:
      Bachelor's degree in Japanese Area Studies
      Master's Degree in Japanese and Comparative Governments,
      both from the University of Washington.

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