Poor health can impair an individual’s chances to get an education and advance their career. Building on this recognition, many human service providers actively facilitate access to health care for participants and their families. Yet, while human service organizations focus on how poor health can impede progress towards economic self-sufficiency, we rarely consider how the conditions in which families live harm their health and how our services, by improving the conditions in which our participants live, may improve their health as well.

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Dr. Charles J. Homer, Chief Improvement Officer

Charles J. (Charlie) Homer, MD, MPH, is Chief Improvement Officer at EMPath. Prior to joining EMPath, Dr. Homer served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, US DHHS from April 2015 through December 2016. Prior to this, he cofounded the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) in July 1999, and then served as the organization’s president and CEO. Under his leadership, NICHQ focused both on clinical quality of care and on using improvement science to address the broad social conditions that contribute to childhood obesity and infant mortality. A general pediatrician, he is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He is a past member of the third US Preventive Services Taskforce, the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children, as well as numerous panels devoted to child health, health care, and quality measurement. Charlie obtained his bachelor’s degree from Yale University, his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ruth J. Liberman, Vice President of Public Policy

Ruthie serves as Vice President for Public Policy for EMPath. In this role she serves as the chief policy strategist on national and state policy related to economic mobility. She provides leadership in the areas of education and workforce development, affordable housing, and work supports (including child care), to create public policy leading to family economic stability. Ruthie has a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College in government and public policy as well as a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Ruthie has worked in major hospital settings such as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She also ran a Pediatric and Family AIDS program at Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury for six years. While living in California, Ruthie served as a Senate Fellow in the California Legislature and as the Director of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles.