Marianne Udow-Phillips is the director of the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT), a non-profit partnership of the University of Michigan (U-M) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) with a mission to promote evidence-based care delivery, improve population health, and expand access to care. CHRT combines the research strengths of the University with the health plan expertise of the Blues to test the best ideas for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the health care system. CHRT is also committed to informing and educating the public through a range of forums, symposia, and reports relevant to policy makers and the public at large.
Before coming to CHRT, Marianne served as director of the Michigan Department of Human Services from 2004 to 2007, appointed by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. Marianne came to state service from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), where she served in a number of leadership roles for over 20 years, most recently as senior vice president of Health Care Products and Provider Services, with responsibility for the BCBSM social mission, health policy, data analysis, care and network management programs for the traditional and PPO products. She also served as senior vice president and vice president of Plans and Operations for Mercy Alternative and Care Choices.
In addition to her long standing commitment to improving the quality and affordability of health care, Marianne is a passionate advocate for improving the lives of the poor with a special emphasis on children, including a focus on early childhood development. She has served on many boards and commissions. Among others, her current board involvement includes the HighScope Foundation, the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, Novo 1 Inc., Freedom from Hunger, the U-M School of Public Health Dean's Advisory Committee, and the U-M Depression Center's National Advisory Board.