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Here are brief bios of people who fill high-profile positions in the Oregon Health Authority. If you wish further information, please call 503-945-6691 or you can contact OHA.Communications@state.or.us.
Bruce Goldberg M.D., is a family medicine physician who has devoted his professional career to improving the organization, delivery and financing of public health services. He served as the Director of the Oregon Department of Human Services from November 2005 through February 2011, a position he says he was drawn to because of the opportunity it provides for making a positive difference in the lives of so many people. He led the formation of the Oregon Health Authority as the Director-designee and was permanently appointed as the Director by Governor John Kitzhaber in February 2011.
During his time with DHS he has led efforts to improve children's access to health care and reduce hunger and food insecurity among Oregonians, has been instrumental in developing plans for revamping the state's mental health system and constructing two new state psychiatric hospitals, and has promoted education and prevention as the most effective means of protecting and improving the health of Oregonians.
Dr. Goldberg's experience also includes serving as head of the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research, Medical Director for CareOregon, Health Officer for Columbia County in Oregon, and Director of Community Health Services in Zuni, New Mexico. He also was a faculty member at Oregon Health and Science University for more than 15 years.
Dr. Goldberg has published widely and has served on numerous regional and national advisory boards and committees. He currently is chairman of the American Public Human Services Association's National Policy Council.
He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 from the Oregon Public Health Association, the OHSU School of Medicine's 2000 Faculty Humanism Award, and in 1994 was named a U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow.
Dr. Goldberg is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and completed his family medicine training at Duke University.
He and his wife, also a physician, are the proud parents of two daughters, one in college and one in high school. In his spare time he plays the harmonica in a rhythm and blues band and roots for the New York Yankees.
Chief Operating Officer/Interim Director of Public Health
Suzanne Hoffman began her career in public service in the Oregon Department of Justice’s child support program. Making a difference for Oregon’s children and families and a desire to help build a workforce that’s up to the task led her to the field of human resources and the Oregon Department of Human Services. There she served in a variety of roles including human resource manager, assistant district manager, health services deputy, human resources director, and chief administrative officer. In 2007, Ms. Hoffman served as the interim director of the Oregon State Board of Nursing at the request of the Governor during a time of transition. There she implemented significant changes in order to manage risk and led the selection process for a new executive director. Also at the request of the Governor, she led the establishment of the first agreements between the state and Oregon’s child care providers, represented by two different labor unions. In 2008, Ms. Hoffman led an agency-wide change initiative with a focus on implementing Lean methodologies and project management. As chief of staff in 2009, her major focus was implementing the internal changes necessary to create the newly established Oregon Health Authority, including establishing a shared services function with the Department. She was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2011. Ms. Hoffman is a graduate of Portland State University with an undergraduate degree in social sciences and a master’s degree in public health.
Chief of Policy
Tina Edlund, has worked for the last 25 years in health services research and health policy with the Oregon Division of Medical Assistance Programs, Providence Health System, the Oregon Health Policy Institute, and with the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research (OHPR). She became the Deputy Director for Planning and Policy Implementation at the newly created Oregon Health Authority (OHA) in July 2009 and currently serves as the Chief of Policy. The OHA brings most of Oregon's health and health care services into a single entity, and is responsible for purchasing health care services for more than 850,000 Oregonians. Most recently, Tina was the lead for OHA in negotiating the terms and conditions for Oregon's recent 1115(a) waiver amendment and renewal process, which paved the way for transforming the Medicaid health care delivery system in Oregon. Ms. Edlund is a graduate of the University of Oregon and has a Masters degree in Urban Affairs from Portland State University.
Director for Addictions and Mental Health
Pam Martin Ph.D., ABPP is the director of the Oregon Health Authority's Addictions and Mental Health Division. Prior to joining OHA, she directed behavioral health programs for the University of New Mexico and the State of New Mexico as the Director of the Behavioral Health Services Division and then as the Director of Behavioral Health for juvenile justice facilities. In addition to collaborating on two large studies sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), she has administered Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health plan programs for both local and national plans and has been active in state and national professional organizations and advocacy groups. She holds degrees from UC Berkeley, Rutgers and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York and a Diplomate in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Director for Medical Assistance Programs - State Medicaid Director
Judy Mohr Peterson was appointed assistant director for the Division of Medical Assistance Programs (DMAP) in September 2009. She joined DHS in 1997, and her experience includes eight years in DMAP as a manager of the analysis and evaluation unit and in research. She also has administered the caseload forecasting and actuarial services team. Before working for DHS and OHA, Judy was on a team that researched and reported on children's mental health in Texas. She received her doctoral degree in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Cathy Kaufmann, M.S.W., is the director of the Oregon Health Authority’s Transformation Center. In 2012, Cathy was OHA's Interim Medical Alignment Director, where she oversaw health policy development and alignment within OHA, DHS, and Cover Oregon, Oregon's health insurance exchange. Prior to that, Cathy served OHA as the Administrator of the Office of Healthy Kids and the Office of Client and Community Services. Healthy Kids was the largest expansion of health coverage in Oregon since the inception of the Oregon Health Plan in 1994 and is currently one of the largest expansions of coverage for children nationally. Prior to her joining OHA, Cathy served as the Policy & Communications Director for Children First for Oregon, a statewide child advocacy organization, and co-chaired the Human Services Coalition of Oregon. Cathy and her husband are the proud parents of two active boys, Ben and Nate.
Administrator of the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research
Jeanene Smith, MD, MPH has been with the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research since 2000. OHPR provides oversight and coordination for all elements of the Oregon Health Plan and state health trends, providing technical and policy support to the legislative and executive branch decision-making on health policy. This includes the work of Oregon's Health Policy Board which is focused on implementing a state health reform plan, the Health Evidence Review Commission, Medicaid Advisory Council Pain Management Commission, Patient Centered Primary Care Home Program, and the Primary Care Office. She graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) School of Medicine, completed a residency in Family Medicine at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated with a Masters in Public Health from Portland State University in 2001. She has practiced family medicine in both private practice and community clinics for over 15 years, and continues to see patients on a limited basis at an Oregon federally-qualified health center.