Milwaukee Health Care Partnership names Jacobson chairperson

The Milwaukee Health Care Partnership, a public-private consortium working to improve health care for underserved populations in Milwaukee County, has tapped Froedtert Health’s president and chief executive officer, Catherine Jacobson, to take over as chairperson.

The position was previously held by Mark Taylor, retired CEO of Columbia St. Mary’s Health System.

Jacobson will collaborate with Joy Tapper, executive director of the seven-year-old partnership, to make sure the county’s underserved populations have access to quality health care providers and services as well as substantial and affordable health insurance coverage. Jacobson will also work to improve care coordination among health care delivery settings.

The start of her two-year term comes on the heels of a year of insurance coverage changes under the federal Affordable Care Act, when more than 120,000 low-income residents in the area became eligible for public or private health insurance, according to the partnership.

“This is an important time for the partnership,” Jacobson said. “With many more people in Milwaukee County enrolled in BadgerCare Plus, or entering the health insurance marketplace, we need to assure that there is adequate access to primary care and specialty services, including behavioral health care, in Milwaukee’s underserved neighborhoods. The health systems, community health centers, and our academic and government partners recognize that our collaborative work is essential to improving the health of vulnerable populations – and our community overall.”

“The partnership members are grateful for the leadership provided by Mark Taylor and his predecessors,” Tapper said. “As a health system executive and community leader, Cathy continues a strong commitment by the board to leverage the partnership’s unique role to improve health outcomes, reduce disparities and reduce the overall cost of care.”

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