Lessons Learned from Oregon's Health Reforms

February 15, 2019

Bruce Goldberg, MD led Oregon's nationally recognized health reforms transforming Oregon's Medicaid system to one based on a model of coordinated care.

In addition, he helped lead efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act, establish Oregon's Healthy Kids program providing health coverage for all children, improve Oregon's mental health system, and transform the delivery of public human services to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.

His diverse experiences span time as an administrator of large complex organizations, a practicing clinician, teacher/academician, a county health officer, medical director for a Medicaid managed care organization, and Director of Community Health Services for the US Public Health Services in Zuni, New Mexico.

He received the 2016 Civil Rights Champion Award from the Oregon League of Minority Voters and the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Public Health Institute.

Bruce holds an affiliate faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the Health Systems Management and Policy programs. He is a Senior Fellow in the OHSU Center for Health System Effectiveness and Senior Associate Director of the Oregon Rural Practice Based Research Network.

He received his MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and has devoted his career to improving the organization, delivery and financing of health services. He has extensive experience in developing, implementing, and managing health programs and state health policy.

He served two Oregon governors as the director of the Oregon Department of Human Services from 2005 to 2011 and as leader of the formation of the Oregon Health Authority from 2009 through 2013.