Florida CHAIN’s Laura Brennaman Appointed to Consumer-Focused Health Advisory Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2015

CONTACT: Kyle Simon, (202) 830-4080, [email protected]

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA — Florida Community Health Action Information Network (CHAIN) today announced the appointment of its Policy & Research Director, Laura Brennaman, PhD RN, to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) State Consumer Health Information and Policy Advisory Council (Advisory Council). Dr. Brennaman’s two-year appointment will expire in September 2017.

The Advisory Council was established to make recommendations to the Florida Center for Health Information and Policy Analysis to accomplish the requirements of section 408.05, Florida Statutes. This statute directs AHCA to make clear communication of essential information consumers need to make choices about their health care, by making available health care quality measures and financial data on pharmaceuticals, physicians, health care facilities, health plans, and managed care entities. This information is made available on www.FloridaHealthFinder.gov.

The Advisory Council assists the Florida Center in reviewing the comprehensive health information system and the development of a long-range plan for making health care quality measures and financial data available for improving consumer decision-making. Dr. Brennaman joins AHCA Secretary Elizabeth Dudek on the 14-member Advisory Council. For more information, visit www.ahca.myflorida.com/schs/CommiteesCouncils/chis.shtml.

“As the statewide consumer health advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health of all Floridians, Florida CHAIN is pleased to have Dr. Brennaman represent consumers on the Advisory Council,” said Lisa Grossman, Florida CHAIN’s Interim Chief Executive Officer. “Dr. Brennaman’s expertise in health policy will advance the mutual priorities of the Advisory Council and Florida CHAIN — promoting access to quality health care for Floridians.”

At Florida CHAIN, Laura Brennaman studies state and national policies related to health care access and quality. She has explored access barriers and disparities of care for mental health services in Florida, publishing in nursing, mental health, and health policy journals. She has been a Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative Fellow at the University of New Mexico and is an American Academy of Nursing Jonas Foundation Health Policy Scholar. Dr. Brennaman holds a Doctor of Philosophy in nursing and health policy from the University of New Mexico, an M.S. degree in Nursing Education from the University of New Mexico, and a B.S. degree in Nursing from University of Kansas.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to advocate for health care consumers to ensure we all are able to benefit from transparent, accurate, and timely data about health care access, quality, and outcomes,” said Dr. Brennaman.

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About Florida CHAIN: Florida CHAIN is a statewide consumer health advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health of all Floridians by promoting access to affordable, quality health care. We fulfill the critical role of building the capacities for and linking consumer, community and service organizations with health care advocacy. We provide policy education, collaborative networking, training, and communications and organizing tools to the public, allied partners, media and policy makers.

Florida CHAIN was launched in 1999 to build common purpose and action among diverse groups on issues of health care access. Our priorities include promoting access to health care for those who are uninsured, underinsured, and supported by government programs. For more information, visit www.FloridaCHAIN.org.