Marci Nielsen

Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), a non-profit membership coalition of health care providers, patients & families/caregivers, industry leaders, and payers – with a mission to improve the U.S. health system by strengthening advanced primary care (via the patient-centered medical home framework). 

Marci is a seasoned health policy executive with nearly three decades of state, federal, international, and academic experience, including the development and implementation of innovative policies in public and private health care programs. Marci held previous positions as: Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Associate Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center; Executive Director of the Kansas Health Policy Authority (KHPA)  the single state agency managing Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the State Employee Health Plan, health information technology and health policy; the health lobbyist and assistant director of legislation for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO); and legislative assistant to US Senator Bob Kerrey (D-Nebraska). Early in her career she served as a Peace Corps volunteer and in the US Army Reserves. She holds a PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, an MPH from George Washington University, and a BS in biology and psychology from Briar Cliff College.

Marci serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Family Medicine, the National Academy for State Health Policy, and the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. She is a member of NQF’s Measures Application Partnership (Clinical Workgroup), the Eugene Farley Center for Health Policy at the University of Colorado, and a number of other national and state policy committees. She served as a committee member for the Institute of Medicine’s Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020 and Living Well with Chronic Illness: A Call for Public Health Action. 

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