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Oliver Droppers
Mr. Droppers joined the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) in 2009 and serves as the project director for a five-year CMS CHIPRA Quality Demonstration project in Oregon. He also serves as the Director of the Oregon Medicaid Advisory Committee, which advises the Oregon Health Policy Board, the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research and the OHA on the operation of Oregon’s Medicaid program. Prior to joining OHA, he served as a research assistant and faculty member at PSU and has taught courses in health systems, health information technology and information management, and policy analysis research.  Mr. Droppers' dissertation is a multi-case study designed to explore Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations in an effort to better understand the process and conditions under which participation and decision-making among stakeholders is facilitated or impeded through a collaborative governance model. Mr. Droppers chose PSU’s new Health Systems and Policy PhD program because it provides an opportunity for individuals actively working in the health policy arena the possibility to develop the theoretical underpinnings and research skills required to conduct health services research in the Pacific Northwest.
Anna Foucek Tresidder, PhD
Dr. Foucek Tresidder is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Health at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. She completed her dissertation in Health Systems and Policy from the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon in 2013. Her dissertation title is, "The Institutional Context that Supports Interdisciplinary Teams in the Care of Older Adults."
Through research and teaching she hopes to support the legitimization of team-based care for populations that would benefit most from collaboration of health disciplines, namely those that require high-levels of medical, social, and behavioral interventions. She will focus on the gaps between policy and practice, and how greater integration of workforce development and health care policy can lead to improved stability in healthcare delivery and quality to all populations.