Clydette L. Powell

Director, Division of Health Care Quality
US Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Powell began her career in quality improvement as Senior Physician Consultant, Clinical Quality Management, Harvard Community Health Plan (Boston). She provided overall technical support and guidance for divisional and corporate efforts to improve the quality of health care for HCHP members. She led multidisciplinary teams to develop and disseminate clinical guidelines and best practices for delivery of care. She served on the Massachusetts Health Care Purchasers Group, charged with development of HEDIS measures. At HCHP, she received advanced training in QI at Intermountain Health Care (Utah). Subsequently, she was Associate Medical Director QI for a multi-specialty medical group in Tennessee, and led the effort that won the State QI Award. She also helped develop disease management programs in asthma and diabetes education for TennCare (Medicaid) populations. During this time, Dr. Powell served periodically as a surveyor for NCQA and Quality Health Resources (JCAHO). As a governor’s appointee, Dr. Powell was the State Deputy Health Commissioner, overseeing key public health programs and health policy for the Department of Health, Commonwealth of Virginia. She also oversaw activities in the Center for Quality Healthcare and Consumer Protection. Dr Powell has worked over 20 years in infectious diseases, in the US and abroad (USAID). Dr. Powell currently serves as the Director of the Health Care Quality Division, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Board certifications: pediatrics, child neurology, preventive medicine. Degrees: MD - The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; MPH - UCLA School of Public Health; Pediatric residency and child neurology fellowship - Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, UPMC. Academic appointment: Associate Professor of Pediatrics, The George Washington University School of Medicine. Awards: Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Government Service.
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