Las Vegas, NV


Why SDOH Insights are Critical to Care Quality

  • January 13, 2022
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
  • Online

A spotlight has been placed on the depth of systemic health disparities in America in recent months with many uninsured and under served citizens in our current health system. Social risk factors exist at both individual and community levels and include challenges such as poverty, food insecurity, housing instability, homelessness, loneliness, and lack of social support – all of which can affect healthcare outcomes, utilization, and cost of care.

This webinar will provide multi-stakeholder perspective from some of the industry’s leading SDOH experts representing payers and policy experts as they explore new and innovative data-driven approaches to advancing the use of SDOH data to improve quality outcomes and reduce disparities.


Brigit Kyei-Baffour, MBA
Associate Principal, Commercialization & Regulatory Strategy
Avalere, an Inovalon Company

Brigit Kyei-Baffour advises clients on issues related to reimbursement, policy, and market access strategies for diagnostic, medical device, and pharmaceutical companies, leveraging her experience analyzing Medicare and commercial payer policies, supporting health systems with the implementation of bundled payment initiatives, and providing market access support for pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Brigit worked at The Lewin Group where she managed project tasks related to Medicare’s Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model and Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative and led the development of several outcomes-based quality measures. Prior, she held consulting roles in the Access and Commercial Strategy practice at Covance Market Access Services, Inc., where she conducted in-depth health policy analyses related to coverage and reimbursement issues within the commercial and public payer spaces.

Brigit holds an MBA in health management and policy from the George Washington University School of Business and a BS in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Christie Teigland, PhD
Avalere, an Inovalon Company

Dr. Christie Teigland leads the design and implementation of studies focused on comparative effectiveness, predictive analytics, and performance measure development and testing. With a focus on improving quality in healthcare through data analytics, she provides clients with actionable insight and analysis.

She has served as Principal Investigator on several impactful projects comparing Medicare Advantage to traditional Fee-for-Service Medicare, including a grant from the Commonwealth Fund, and serves on the newly formed National Quality Forum (NQF) Scientific Methods Panel and NQF Standing Committee on Disparities, as well as the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) Quality Measure Expert Panel. Christie served as Senior Director, Statistical Research at Inovalon before joining Avalere, where she managed performance measure development projects awarded by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA), URAC and others.

Christie earned her PhD in economics and econometric forecasting from the University at Albany, SUNY, and a BA in management science and economics from Minnesota State University.

Matthew K. Pickering, PharmD
Senior Director, Quality Measurement
National Quality Forum

Dr. Pickering is a Senior Director of Measurement Science & Application at the National Quality Forum (NQF). In this role, Dr. Pickering provides oversight and leadership on NQF’s consensus development work and is a primary contributor to projects focusing on risk adjustment, cost and resource use, all-cause admissions and readmissions, and patient safety.

Prior to joining NQF, he served as Senior Director of Research & Quality Strategies at the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA). In this capacity, he was responsible for coordinating research and demonstration project portfolios, including identifying needed studies to further validate the impact of PQA’s quality performance measures on improving patient care, reducing overall healthcare spending, and filling recognized gaps in performance measurement.

Dr. Pickering received his doctorate in pharmacy from East Tennessee State University and received postgraduate training in comparative effectiveness research and patient-centered outcomes research at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy.