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The Importance Of Population Health: A Focus On Chronic Kidney Disease

Population health provides an opportunity for health care systems, agencies, and organizations to work together in order to improve the health outcomes of the communities they serve. Some definitions of population health emphasize outcomes, some focus on measurement, and others emphasize accountability. Chronic kidney disease in the United States places a high burden upon society and health systems. Given its uneven distribution across populations and that the disease is largely preventable, chronic kidney disease is an important focus for population health. Drs Mary Reich Cooper, Tara McKinley, and Joseph Cirrincione will discuss population health with a focus on chronic kidney disease.

*Dr Mary Reich Cooper is an unpaid consultant of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC). Drs Tara McKinley and Joseph Cirrincione are employees of OPDC.

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Featured Speakers
Mary Reich Cooper

Mary Reich Cooper, MD, JD

Program Director for Healthcare Quality and Safety, Associate Professor of Population Health
    Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health*

Mary Reich Cooper, MD, JD, has been Program Director for Healthcare Quality and Safety and Associate Professor of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health since January 2016, where she also co-leads the Health System Science curriculum for the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. Dr Cooper is also the Chief Quality Officer and Senior Vice President, Clinical Services, for the Connecticut Hospital Association. Dr Cooper also oversees CHA’s work in Population Health, including Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity, Mental Health and Substance Use projects and the Connecticut Perinatal Quality Collaborative. She is the QTIP Editor for the American Journal of Medical Quality, Education Chair for the American College of Medical Quality.
Dr Cooper received her undergraduate degree cum laude from Duke University, her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, where she was elected to AOA, and her degree in health law from Pace University of Law. She has numerous publications and grants, and her interests are large-scale change and health policy.

Joe Cirrincione

Joe Cirrincione

    Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.*

Joe Cirrincione, PharmD, MBA is a Senior Managed Market Liaison at Otsuka, based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr Cirrincione earned his Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration from Duquesne University. Prior to joining Otsuka, Dr Cirrincione held a position at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Pharmacy Sales Consultant, working with employer groups on their pharmacy benefits and plan design, and he has experience working for chain and independent community pharmacies.

Tara McKinley

Tara McKinley, PharmD

Managed Market Liaison
    Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.*

Tara McKinley, PharmD, is a Managed Market Liaison at Otsuka, based out of Austin, Texas. Dr McKinley earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Texas College of Pharmacy. Prior to joining Otsuka she held positions with the Texas Health and Human Services managing the Medicaid pharmacy and medical benefits, and has worked as a pharmacist and manager in areas various of pharmacy including hospital, community, and independent pharmacy.



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