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We are
HCM Strategists

HCM Strategists provides support and strategic guidance to help clients form policy priorities and advance organizational success, driving impact in the channels of health, K-12 education and postsecondary education. We are a group of policy advocates and strategists who are committed to working toward equitable and meaningful change. We are seasoned experts who bridge the gap between public policies and the people they affect.

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Health Innovation
PRACTICE

HCM Strategists creates patient-centered coalitions and facilitates, supports and assists in the implementation of policy priorities aimed at patient communities and improving the lives of patients. It is our professional and personal dedication to patients that drives us and a commitment to better policy solutions that inspires us. When it comes to health, patient advocacy and medical research policy, HCM Strategists has the most effective team and strategic resources dedicated to delivering results.

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All of Us: Engaging Diverse Populations in Research

A cornerstone of the federal government’s Precision Medicine Initiative is the All of Us Research Program. Led by the National Institutes of Health, All of Us is a historic effort to harness the power of data from one million or more Americans to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs and to help develop more individualized prevention and treatment strategies. HCM Strategists was selected by NIH to ensure that the All of Us volunteers reflect the diversity of the U.S., with significant participation by communities historically underrepresented in biomedical research.

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Postsecondary
PRACTICE

HCM Strategists works to make postsecondary education more effective and accessible for a larger number of people. Whether starting as a policy change for a single institution, a multi-campus system of colleges, a large employer, a federal program or an entire state, innovative thinking can go a long way toward meaningful change. The HCM team has an unparalleled set of relationships in 50 states as well as with national employers, polling organizations and civil rights and student organizations. Our broad reach means better traction for policy priorities.

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Outcomes-Based Funding: Driving Outcomes for Students Through Aligned Funding Models

Most state postsecondary education finance policies are not well aligned with states’ pressing need to increase student access, success, attainment and equity — with shortcomings reflected in real costs to students, taxpayers and the economy. That reality, combined with a challenging fiscal climate, has fueled a resurgence of interest in and state action regarding funding policies, which tie a portion of state appropriations to metrics that gauge institutional performance on various indicators. Building on the lessons of early performance funding efforts over the past 35 years, more than two-thirds of states are currently developing or implementing outcomes-based funding (OBF) policies — but they vary widely in quality, scale, maturity and sustainability. HCM Strategists is advancing the development, implementation and analysis of sound OBF policies that better align state funding with state student success goals and prioritize completion and equity.

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K-12
PRACTICE

HCM Strategists is dedicated to improving student achievement from kindergarten through the 12th grade and especially for low-income and minority students who have historically been underserved by the system. Our team has decades of experience in the education space, serving at the highest level of government and philanthropy, and we have a vision to bring innovative and positive change to the K-12 environment alongside partner organizations that share our mission.

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Partnering with Learning Heroes to Create School Report Cards That Meet Parents Where They Are With Information They Can Use

HCM has been privileged to work for and partner with Learning Heroes on an unprecedented body of research for the past three years on parent mindsets and education. Learning Heroes is a leading non-profit focused on equipping parents to support their child’s success in school and supporting state education agencies, school districts and advocacy organizations in meeting parents where they are. Our research consistently shows a gaping disconnect between parents’ perception of their children’s academic performance and actual student achievement — with 90% believing their child is performing at or above grade level as opposed to the 38% proficiency identified by NAEP. This disconnect is partially due to lack of access to information parents want and need to be effective educational advocates for their children.

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Why I work with HCM

I do not take lightly the opportunities education can afford. Every person, regardless of their background, deserves the opportunity to be a contributing member of society. Equitable, accessible and rigorous education can be the great equalizer. My work helps ensure that students across the country have access to an educational system that does not just exist, but rather is designed to ensure they succeed. My work advocates for students, like my nephews (African American men), who often are not served well by the current system. One day at a time, one student at a time, one equitable policy at a time, my work (piece by piece) is helping change the lives of students.

-Cristen Moore

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Why I work with HCM

I serve as a support for the educational necessities of our system and as a tool for the change it needs in order to have a lasting impact. I operate with the fundamental belief that for every increment of performance I demand, I have an equal obligation to provide the resources to meet those demands. I want to be a part of the solace that students, teachers, and communities gain when they learn that the system is set up to serve their child.

-Elizabeth Ross

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Why I work with HCM

I grew up in one of the poorest and least educated cities in the United States. I have seen first-hand how transformative education can be for someone, but unfortunately, not everyone has equitable access to educational opportunities. I do this work for my community and the many others like it that have been marginalized and are too often forgotten. I do this work so that when we say that America is the land of equal opportunity, one day we might be right.

-Elizabeth Salinas

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Why I work with HCM

As a special educator for 9 years, I witnessed firsthand the problems that plagued our public school system and the effect they have on students. My students are the ones who continue to inspire me the most. In my classroom, I felt hopeless, knowing I was unable to create the change they needed to be given a fair shot, and that I had no choice but to accept the broken system would fail them. I do this work to change the situation for students like mine in the hopes of giving them a voice to create the opportunities and change they need to open the door to a better future. 

-Erica Gray

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Why I work with HCM

I’m inspired by the potential for generational impact as we make progress towards health equity. I believe that health equity is the first step towards a thriving nation and I’m always inspired by current and former movement builders who saw health justice as integral to social justice.  

-Heather Skrabak

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Why I work with HCM

My passion for community health and helping improve the health outcomes of underserved communities has led me to a career focused in research, programs and services that are beneficial to diverse populations. My time spent working in biomedical labs and managing research awards helped me recognize how much clinical research expands the scope and opportunities we have in healthcare. We’ve made so many strides in discovering new treatments as well as new ways to detect, diagnose and reduce the risk of disease and continue to do so every day. Through each new study, policy and program, we move closer to improving health status and creating opportunities that allow everyone to enjoy life and pursue their life plans.

-Jana-Lynn Louis

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Why I work with HCM

I am driven by the belief that all people should have the ability to pursue life to the fullest – to dream without false boundaries – and to have the ability to realize and achieve those dreams on equal footing.

-Jeffrey Stanley

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Why I work with HCM

I believe education affords opportunity and breaks down societal barriers. I’m inspired and encouraged by my colleagues and clients who are committed to improving access and equity by challenging the status quo.

-Jessica Collis

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Why I work with HCM

I work with HCM because of the people. Both the people at the client side of our work–the patients and students that HCM strives to serve each day, as well as the people within the firm–those committed to taking on the hard issues, because they matter. I am proud to work with those who are passionate and genuine in their drive to make the world a better place. 

 

-Jessica Hunt

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Why I work with HCM

Reflecting on nearly 50 years of postsecondary and policy experience, I am most grateful for the educational opportunities I have been afforded and awed by the scientific and technological advancements I’ve witnessed. I am terribly saddened, however, that the benefits attributed to education and innovation have not been accrued by large segments of our society.  Daily I am inspired by so many in the field who remain focused on closing these equity gaps and with deep resolve work to forge relationships and understanding in hope my grandchildren will enjoy a future that includes opportunity and prosperity for all.

-Jimmy Clarke

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Why I work with HCM

A typical day in my job involves telling members of Congress how a proposed housing policy will affect low-income residents in their district. A typical day involves rallying diabetes patients to tell Federal regulators how a coverage decision will impact them. A typical day involves building an army of grassroots advocates with mobility impairments, and unleashing them on Congress to stave off cuts to key disability programs. A typical day involves working with legislators on both sides of the aisle on common sense reforms to curb predatory lending. A typical day involves working with college students to build their social media skills to become better advocates. A typical day involves helping those who want to band together, raise their hands, and make their voices heard. A typical day is very, very rewarding.

-Justin Beland

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Why I work with HCM

My life has been greatly enriched by my educational opportunities so I love that HCM Strategists works tirelessly to provide those opportunities to as many people as possible.

-Kaitlin Bressler

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Why I work with HCM

I believe in living with purpose, authenticity, integrity and simply doing the right thing for others.  It’s simply the right thing that the playing field be leveled, so everyone has the opportunity and access to a great education.  It’s simply the right thing that patient’s voices be heard and that people have access to quality health care. Complex solutions are required to enact these simple concepts, and I love being part of an organization that brilliantly influences policy to drive people to simply do the right thing.

-Karen S. Levin

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Why I work with HCM

I always strive to live life with a purpose, with integrity, and genuine passion.  One way I do this is by ensuring my daily work and actions make an impact on peoples live for the better. The work that HCM is involved in exemplifies this.  I am motivated by our work to tirelessly address the broken facets of health care in our country by improving systems and ensuring patient and community voices are heard.

-Katie Compher

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Why I work with HCM

My elementary education background helps drive me by reinforcing the importance of offering opportunities to help students achieve success. The support amongst colleagues reminds me that navigating the education field is best accomplished together and that as a team we can help build a better platform for future students and educators to begin their journeys.  

-Katie Lynne Morton

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Why I work with HCM

Advocacy is empowering. I am passionate about ensuring people who don’t usually have a seat at the table get one. Every day, I work hard to make that a reality; and every time we are successful, I take pride in knowing we potentially made someone’s life a little bit better. 

-Kim Cantor

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Why I work with HCM

I founded HCM because I believe in the power of solutions that integrate effective storytelling, rigorous analysis, sharp insights and politically sensitive strategy. I am proud of our big-hearted, big-brained team.

-Kristin D. Hultquist

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Why I work with HCM

My passion for postsecondary policy work stems directly from the belief that, while our postsecondary system is often held up as a beacon of opportunity and the “great equalizer,” it is in fact one of the key societal systems that creates, reinforces and perpetuates economic and social stratification. My goal is to change the system to ensure access to and success in postsecondary learning for those who have historically been excluded from the system, and through that work, deliver on the promise of equitable opportunity. 

-Lara Couturier

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Why I work with HCM

As a first generation Latina, I’ve been privileged to receive an education and have seen how it changes lives. Through HCM’s work in equity, I want to help other underrepresented populations achieve their dreams as well.

-Liliana Diaz

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Why I work with HCM

All students deserve an equitable playing field — that is the guiding principle from which I start my work each day. Until we can ensure that all students have the same opportunities and support to access and complete postsecondary education, with all of the choices and benefits that education confers, our work will never be done. I am proud to be part of a team that shares this belief and strives daily to remove barriers, effect change, and help students reach their goals. 

-Linda Baglia

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Why I work with HCM

The two key drivers for my work are 1) my disdain for unequal outcomes that play out based on basic human differences like race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, and 2) my conviction that the solutions requires everyone coming together to fix them. My training and heart are in political social work practice where we work at a policy level to address these problems and give voice to those not considered to be the majority. These systemic and historic problems don’t change overnight and require the long-term commitment of people across sectors and segments – however defined – to work together to find common ground with common vision and purpose to forge a path toward equality.

-Malia Sieve

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Why I work with HCM

I am passionate in my belief that the greatest opportunity for betterment in a person’s life comes from the ability to learn a profession and acquire advanced skills.  At times we can forget that education exists for the benefit of the student, not the institution.  And challenging the status quo is an uphill battle where the steps forward can seem small. But I believe that every success we have in making education more accessible and degrees more attainable brings people, regardless of background, one step closer to an opportunity for a better future.   

-Martha Snyder

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Why I work with HCM

Success to HCM and our clients is laser focusing the power of the patient voice to change policies that have a direct impact on  patient advocacy organizations, foundations and industry.

-Michael Manganiello

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Why I work with HCM

I am passionate about ensuring all individuals have access to high quality, affordable health care, and am motivated by the commitment and dedication at HCM to ensure that is the case. HCM’s work to tirelessly influence policy and institutions in order to improve the current system makes every day here meaningful.

-Molly Murray

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Why I work with HCM

I am motivated daily by my passionate colleagues, who are steadfast in their pursuit of improving the lives of communities, patients and students across the country. I am motivated daily by HCM’s clients and their individual missions. I am motivated daily by knowing that our successes translate to positive change in America.   

-Nicholas Borselli

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Why I work with HCM

Every day, I have the opportunity to give a voice to those that have been underserved or underrepresented in research and in accessing health care. I work to ensure that the patient voice is central to conversations about health outcomes and quality of life. I develop and deepen relationships with key stakeholders and the individuals they serve and represent. I create tools and the training needed to effectively use those tools to help them advance priorities. And I work to find ways to bring people together around a common goal. This is what making a difference looks like and feels like. And this is what motivates me. 

-Ronnie Tepp

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Why I work with HCM

I always strive to live life with a purpose, with integrity, and genuine passion.  One way I do this is by ensuring my daily work and actions make an impact on peoples lives for the better. The work that HCM is involved in exemplifies this.  I am motivated by our work to tirelessly address the broken facets of health care in our country by improving systems and ensure patient and community voices are heard.

-Scott Boelscher

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Why I work with HCM

I do this work because I know that undereducated students are the result of a broken system that preserves a life of inequality and economic insecurity. I work with the faces of students and educators in mind and an unyielding commitment to change in our education system and the freedom I know it can provide.

-Shanteal Lake

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Why I work with HCM

I believe that public policy can improve people’s lives if it is based on research, evidence and experience. I also believe that public policy is necessary to address equity gaps that will never be closed without focused effort. That is why I founded HCM Strategists – to help create public policy that improves everyone’s ability to receive a high quality education and healthcare.

-Terrell Halaska

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Why I work with HCM

As a Teen Mentor, I get to see first hand the difference education and quality health care can make in the lives of individuals. Being part of a team that is dedicated to advancing both issues gives me the satisfaction of knowing that I am pursuing both my passions and fulfilling my purpose as a member of society: making the world a better place.

-Tidanke Diaby

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Why I work with HCM

As a first generation college student who benefited from federal support services such as Upward Bound, Pell grants, SEOG and work study as well as institutional resources, I am committed to insuring that other learners have the same benefits and opportunities to reach their goals. My passion and purpose everyday is to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Our policies and practices at all levels should provide for access, opportunity and success for all.

-Toya Barnes-Teamer

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Our
Process Works

Our fundamental and method-driven process delivers results through three basic principles. We align organizations that have similar goals, advocate on their behalf through our exceptionally knowledgeable and resourceful team members, and then advance meaningful outcomes through the strength of our initiatives.

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  • ALIGN.

    PARTNERSHIPS
    HCM brings together those who share a common belief in commitment to change for positive outcomes in health, K-12 and postsecondary education.

  • ADVOCATE.

    RESOURCES & TOOLS
    HCM strategically uses our team of experts, existing relationships, grassroots engagement, data, creative thinking, communication and other resources and tools to advocate for change.

  • ADVANCE.

    OUTCOMES
    HCM is committed to advancing real change, whether that is a public policy, positive patient outcomes, clear communication and advocacy, or patient and student engagement.

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