COPHP Alumna Maggie Jones is New Kaiser CCHE Director
Congratulations to Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP) Master of Public Health (MPH) program alumna Maggie Jones ('07), who is the new director of Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute Seattle’s Center for Community Health and Evaluation.
Outgoing director Dr. Allen Cheadle reflects, "Maggie will bring both continuity and new perspectives to CCHE’s future. She joined CCHE in 2007 after completing her master’s in public health at the University of Washington. She brought evaluation experience from her work with a cross-cultural health organization in Minnesota and at the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at UW. Maggie moved quickly into positions of leadership at CCHE and became its associate director in 2016.
When I became director in 2011, I talked with each staff member about what motivated them in their work at CCHE. Maggie said she was most excited when she provides evaluation data and insights that have a genuine impact on organizations working to improve the health of their communities. She’s brought that commitment to the leadership and management of many large-scale evaluations over the past 10 years, which increasingly combine evaluation with strategic learning. Examples include using our evaluation to support the strategic planning efforts of the Foundation For a Healthy Kentucky, helping to create an Evaluation Resource Center at the Healthcare Georgia Foundation to build evaluation capacity among Georgia nonprofits, and using evaluation to strengthen initiatives that support safety net health systems in California. Most recently she has been leading our expanding partnerships with Kaiser Permanente’s national and regional Community Health Programs.
Our CCHE staff are excited about the transition because, in addition to her evaluation skills, Maggie has many personal qualities that make her an effective leader. She is described by staff and stakeholders as thoughtful, kind, hard-working, and committed to improvement—for herself, our team, and our work."