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Stratis Health’s Dr. Pederson Selected as Health and Aging Policy Fellow

Published Friday, August 3, 2018

Jane C. Pederson, MD, MS, chief medical quality officer, Stratis Health, was selected as a fellow for the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program. The goal of the Fellows Program is to provide professionals in health and aging with the experience and skills necessary to help lead and shape a healthy and productive future for older Americans, through the translation of cutting-edge science and practical clinical experience into sound health policy.

Fellows are selected each year through a national competition based on their commitment to health and aging issues, leadership potential, and interest in impacting policy. The 15 candidates in the 2018-2019 class include scholars and practitioners from across a range of disciplines who promise to continue the tradition of excellence in shaping policies for older Americans.

As a geriatrician providing primary care to residents in assisted living settings and as a care-giver for aging parents, Dr. Pederson experiences firsthand the real life implications of the interactions between quality improvement, safety and policy. Her goal is to assist in the creation of policies, systems of care, and services which support aging individuals to receive care and services that are person-centered, be treated with dignity and respect, be given the opportunity to take informed risks in order to maintain independence and a sense of control in their lives, and be allowed autonomy and choice for as long as they desire.

Dr. Pederson provides clinical leadership to Stratis Health’s health care quality and safety initiatives. In this role, she has worked on a wide variety of local and national projects, often with a focus on long-term care settings. For example, she was a member of the Stratis Health/University of Minnesota team that led the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) demonstration project and developed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) tools and resources for nursing homes across the country to implement QAPI.

Pederson is an adjunct assistant professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and a geriatrician with Allina Senior Health. She is a physician member on the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators and is the immediate past president of the Minnesota chapters of the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care and the American Geriatrics Society. Dr. Pederson received her medical degree and completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Minnesota, and holds an MS in Health Services Research and Policy, also from the University of Minnesota.