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DHS news release

Nov. 8, 2004

Contact: Bonnie Widerburg (503) 731-4180

Technical contact: Barry Kast (503) 947-1183


Oregon DHS selects experienced healthcare administrator to manage family health programs

Katherine Bradley, Ph.D., has been hired to manage family health programs in the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) beginning Dec. 1.


Bradley is a nurse with more than 25 years experience in healthcare administration. She comes to DHS from Oregon Health and Science University where she served as assistant dean of the School of Nursing and assistant hospital director for practice and education.


"Katherine has directed health programs in a variety of settings," said Barry Kast, assistant administrator in DHS. "She is a systems thinker with experience in quality improvement and benchmarking, and she knows the importance of linking program effort to measurable outcomes."


Bradley has worked in private medical care systems, for the American Nurses Association, the University of Kansas and as an independent consultant. Throughout her career she has focused on improving the performance of health care systems, both in terms of structure and delivery of services.


She has a bachelor's degree in nursing from Seattle University, a master's in nursing administration from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Kansas.


As manager of the Office of Family Health Services, Bradley will oversee a broad spectrum of public health programs including immunization, nutrition and health screening, family planning, women's health, perinatal and child health, and adolescent health. Much of her job involves working with county health departments and private agencies to improve health outcomes for Oregon families through access to culturally competent, quality health care.