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Joe McCannon

Joe McCannon

  • Lecturer, NPL Program

Joe McCannon is Executive in Residence at the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He was previously co-founder and CEO of the Billions Institute, an organization that supports leaders of large-scale systems change in governments, foundations, and nonprofits. Before that, he was an appointee in the Obama Administration, working at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), serving as Senior Adviser to the Administrator at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and acting as a member of the founding team at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). As Vice President at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), where he worked from 2001-2009, he directed the 100,000 Lives Campaign, a national initiative to improve patient safety that mobilized 3,100 American hospitals to improve patient safety. He also started the organization’s work in Africa.

Joe has supported social movements, health systems transformation, and quality improvement through work for governments in several nations, including England, Denmark, Canada, Japan, and South Africa, and has consulted on the topic for organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation and Community Solutions. He speaks often on the science of dissemination and teaches two graduate-level courses on system change and large-scale social movements. He serves on the Board of the Nonprofit Finance Fund and has served on committees of the National Academy of Medicine and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He graduated from Harvard College.

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