Barbara Fain was appointed Executive Director of the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety in December 2013. Barbara’s career has been devoted to health policy development and analysis, public engagement, and strategic planning for government agencies, academic institutions, policy think tanks, and healthcare organizations. Her work for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies focused on developing standards for allocating scarce medical resources in disasters.
Before then, Barbara was executive director of a health policy research center at Harvard Law School. For over a decade she served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office where she spearheaded the state’s Community Benefit Guidelines for hospitals and health plans. Since 2010, Barbara has taught public health law at the Tufts University School of Medicine.
Barbara received her BA from Brown University, a JD from UC Berkeley, and an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School.
M.E. Malone joined the Betsy Lehman Center in 2014. She works with state agencies, the provider community, consumers, and other stakeholders to research and develop policy approaches to ensuring that patients in Massachusetts receive high-quality, safe care in all settings. Together with the executive director, she sets strategic goals and priorities to advance the Center’s vital public health mission.
Prior to joining the Betsy Lehman Center, she spent 25 years as a news journalist, including more than 10 as a staff reporter and assistant editor at the Boston Globe. She was a researcher for the newspaper’s investigative unit, the Spotlight Team, and a daily beat reporter covering government affairs at Boston City Hall and the Massachusetts State House.
In 2014, M.E. earned a master’s degree in public health from Tufts University's School of Medicine and a master's in science from Tufts' Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She also holds a B.A. in English from Boston College.
Editor, Patient Safety Beat
Susan has worked as a writer and editor in healthcare for the past 20 years and concentrated on patient safety and quality improvement since 2004. Having worked with a wide range of professionals, advocates, and engaged consumers across the United States and overseas, Susan is delighted to join the Betsy Lehman Center and focus on Massachusetts, where she has lived for most of her adult life.
Achieving meaningful safety and quality improvement requires individuals and organizations with different kinds of expertise to work together, which is what Susan loves about this work. As founding editor of Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare, Susan had an unusual opportunity to solicit guidance, writing and feedback from experts across many domains of healthcare. In addition to her work for the Betsy Lehman Center, Susan currently works with the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, the Engaging Patients blog and an association of radiology educators.
Samantha joined the Betsy Lehman Center in 2018, and provides administrative and professional support to the senior management team. She is responsible for office efficiency and serves as key liaison to the Center for Health Information and Analysis. Samantha also serves as the primary customer representative for the Betsy Lehman Center, and is the person you’ll most often speak with when you first contact the Center.
Prior to working at the Center, Samantha worked in higher education and fundraising, having served as a Project Manager at both Emmanuel College and Mission Grammar School. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Emmanuel College, and is currently a Master’s degree candidate in Management at Emmanuel. Outside of work, Samantha has dedicated herself to working with local community organizations, including mentoring through Partners for Youth with Disabilities and serving as a volunteer instructor at a correctional facility.
Director of Policy
Lisa Conley joined the Betsy Lehman Center in March 2018 as the Director of Policy. With over ten years of experience in government affairs and health care policy, Lisa’s work at the Center focuses on engaging with stakeholders to identify policy solutions to improve patient safety in the Commonwealth and supporting the Center’s legislative and budget priorities.
Most recently, Lisa worked in government affairs for a large health information technology company, focusing on issues related to value-based payment, state Medicaid policy, and interoperability of health IT systems. In this role, she monitored legislative and regulatory activity across the 50 states and advocated for policies that seek to move the health care payment system from volume to value. Prior to that, Lisa was the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Policy Development for the Boston Public Health Commission for seven years, where she led cross-agency initiatives, regulatory development activities, and legislative advocacy. At BPHC, she steered policy initiatives for tobacco control, obesity prevention, and addressing the social determinants of health. She also led the city’s Health in All Policies work, which culminated in a health impact assessment of the city’s Living Wage Ordinance. Before joining the city of Boston, Lisa was counsel for the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and the House Committee on Climate Change, where she worked on legislation to address climate change, clean energy siting, and oceanfront development.
Lisa holds a JD from Northeastern University School of Law, an MPH from Tufts University School of Medicine and a BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
For over five years, Jackie has worked in the field of community health addressing social determinants of health, specifically in the area of chronic disease prevention.
Before coming to the Betsy Lehman Center, Jackie worked as a Public Health Prevention Specialist at the Worcester Division of Public Health and the Central Massachusetts Public Health Alliance (WDPH/CMRPHA). While in this position, she managed community health grants aimed at addressing chronic diseases by increasing access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity. Jackie coordinated projects and initiatives focused on policy, systems and environmental change as a way to increase healthy eating and active living in the city of Worcester and six surrounding towns.
Prior to working with WDPH, Jackie was with the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) where she worked as part of a research team on a prostate cancer disparities project. While also at CHA, she was involved in community health promotion and outreach.
Jackie holds a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Adriana Lopera, Program Manager for the Betsy Lehman Center, joined the team in July 2017. She supports a number of the agency's ongoing initiatives and stakeholder engagement work.
Prior to joining the Betsy Lehman Center, Adriana worked for the Neonatal Quality Improvement Collaborative of Massachusetts’ Human Milk Initiative. She coordinated logistics and communications for this statewide collaborative of Neonatal Intensive Care Units that uses QI methodology to support mothers of very low birth weight infants in the provision of breast milk. Adriana has also worked for the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital; supporting health equity related projects and educational events as well as a national leadership program for healthcare professionals.
Adriana received her Masters of Public Health with a focus on Maternal and Child Health from Boston University. She received her B.A. in Latin American Studies from Columbia University and is a returned Peace Corps volunteer.
Director of Research and Analysis
Julia Prentice joins the Betsy Lehman Center from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) where her career focused on advancing the ability of healthcare systems to enact evidence based policy and clinical practice. She was the first to find a consistent relationship between longer appointment wait times for VA healthcare services and poorer patient-level satisfaction and health outcomes. In 2013, this work provided the evidence base for a change in access metrics used by the VA and helped to address the access crisis in 2014.
Julia’s other research has focused on using quasi-experimental analyses of retrospective observational data to identify causal relationships between treatment and outcomes in chronic diseases, such as diabetes and atrial fibrillation. She is excited to apply these experiences to contribute to the essential mission of improving patient safety and health care quality.
Julia received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Health from UCLA, where she also earned her Master of Science in Public Health. As an undergraduate, she studied biology and sociology at Grinnell College.
Aliyah comes to the Betsy Lehman Center with experience in public health work and a strong interest in biostatistics and its use in research and program implementation related to mental health and youth development issues. Before joining the Center, she supported Rhode Island families as a Student Advocate and Triage Team Coordinator for Connect for Health, an organization dedicated to addressing the socio-economic needs of patients at the Hasbro Children's Hospital.
Aliyah earned a B.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University, where she served as a Research Assistant for the Bath Neuroscience Lab. Her research there focused on rodent models of early life stress and its effects on brain development and behavior. While at Brown, she served as the Community Outreach Chair of Active Minds, a student organization dedicated to raising awareness for and decreasing the stigma of mental health conversations on college campuses. In her free time, she enjoys practicing Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art, and learning languages while helping others learn English in turn.
Digital Content & Communications Manager
Rudi joined the Betsy Lehman Center in 2018 as the Communications Manager, supporting the Center’s efforts to disseminate key messaging initiatives and campaigns. He has worked as a freelance content creator for over 10 years, teaming up with such clients as The Boeing Company, General Electric, Kellogg’s and Anonymous Content.
Rudi has also gained extensive experience as an educator, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Elizabeth is a communications professional with more than 15 years of experience in marketing, public relations, and journalism. Most recently, she was a senior writer for Ambassador Swanee Hunt, creating global awareness for the research and ideas generated by the ambassador and her team of social change innovators. At Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, she led the writing and development of healthcare social marketing campaigns for the US Department of Health and Human Services and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She also served as a Presidential Speechwriter for President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush and reported for the National News Desk at USA TODAY. She is a graduate of Drexel University and The American University.Email