Elizabeth Cope, Ph.D., M.P.H. is Senior Director at AcademyHealth and oversees the Health Systems Improvement and Public and Population Health program areas. For nearly 15 years, Dr. Cope has been committed to creating a research-to-practice bridge that centers the well-being and resilience of communities and health systems, and builds sustainable platforms for robust multistakeholder collaboration. With expertise in implementation, improvement, and engagement sciences, she has facilitated learning communities, technical support, coalition-building, and cross-sector collaborations focused on the translation of community-centered research into health systems improvement. She maintains a diverse and complex portfolio of work that is national in scope and spans research and action-learning. She currently holds leadership roles in several federally funded innovation collaboratives and coordinating centers focused on the dissemination and implementation of cutting edge community-centered research, including the HRSA-funded Collaborative for Building Capacity to Improve Viral Suppression Data in Medicaid, the AHRQ-funded Clinical Decision Support Innovation Collaborative’s Stakeholder Center (CDSiC), and the AHRQ-funded Improving Nonsurgical Treatment of Urinary Incontinence among women in Primary Care (INTUIT-PC) Learning Collaborative. Additional prior work has included building the capacity of safety net patients and providers to engage in research activities, as well as the design and implementation of safety net-based patient navigation programs.

Dr. Cope is a frequent speaker at convenings and sits on numerous advisory boards and steering committees. She has a strong publication record, including several book chapters as well as peer-reviewed manuscripts in journals such as Health Services Research and Academic Pediatrics. She is also active in the governance and memberships of several national research groups including the Patient-Reported Outcomes Tools: Engaging Users & Stakeholders (PROTEUS) Consortium, the Well Being in the Nation (WIN) Network Measurement and Learning Collaborative, the Interdisciplinary Association of Population Health Science (IAPHS), and the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG). Dr. Cope received an M.P.H. and Ph.D. in epidemiologic science from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in anthropology, medieval studies, and ancient Mediterranean civilizations from Rice University.

Dr. Cope has dedicated her life to bridging the research-practice divide, improving health, and combating health inequity. She is passionate about driving organizational impact through inclusive, strategic, interdisciplinary, purpose-driven partnerships that deliver shared value, and in utilizing evidence to improve the human condition and put bold solutions into action.

Authored by Elizabeth Cope, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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