Christine Bernsten Joins Health Share to Oversee Health Care Transformation Initiatives

Christine Bernsten has been appointed Transformation Portfolio Program Manager for Health Share of Oregon, a coordinated care organization (CCO) serving Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties. Bernsten, who most recently has served as the Program Manager for Primary Care Program Development at the Multnomah County Health Department, will lead a portfolio of transformation initiatives, with a focus on planning, developing and implementing Health Share’s strategic priorities.

“In addition to her nearly 15 years’ experience developing public health programs at the Multnomah County Health Department, Christine has a strong background in developing and monitoring concurrent and detailed project plans,” noted Janet L. Meyer, CEO of Health Share. “Her gift for facilitating groups to reach consensus will prove particularly valuable at Health Share, where health reform is being undertaken by a diverse consortium of partners, from health plans, hospitals and community clinics to physical, behavioral and dental providers.”


As the Transformation Portfolio Program Manager, Bernsten will supervise the overall priorities and objectives of Health Share’s transformation initiatives to ensure the overall program goals are met. This will include the projects funded by the Oregon Health Authority’s $3.4 million Transformation Fund Grant, which focuses on several key priorities, including enhancing community health integration, strengthening primary care capacity, leveraging health information technology and engaging new members who join Health Share. 


Her responsibilities will include coordinating the alignment of systems, processes and internal and external resources, and working with initiative leaders and key internal and external stakeholders to establish measureable project objectives and goals. She will also act as a liaison to the Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center and Innovator Agent.


Since 1999 Bernsten has worked on a variety of public health initiatives at the Multnomah County Health Department. In her most recent position as the Primary Care Program Development Manager, she directed and evaluated all activities, including program planning, quality improvement and data and reporting, for the county’s primary care program. Previous roles at Multnomah County included leading regional hospital/health system emergency preparedness, serving as a project coordinator for the environment health assessment program PACE and coordinating the county’s youth –based tobacco prevention program.


Bernsten earned a BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College. 


About Health Share of Oregon
Serving Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties, Health Share of Oregon is a unique community-wide partnership created to ensure quality, cost-effective physical, dental and mental health care for Oregon Health Plan members. The largest of the state’s coordinated care organizations, Health Share provides an integrated community delivery system with the objective of achieving better care, better health and lower costs for the Medicaid population and for the region.


Health Share is a collaborative of 11 founding partners: Adventist Health, CareOregon, Central City Concern, Clackamas County, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Multnomah County, Oregon Health & Science University, Providence Health & Services, Tuality Health Alliance and Washington County.

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