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Christina DuVernay brings more than two decades of experience writing for the highest-level executive audiences to OPEN MINDS. Her areas of expertise include health care practice and policy as well as leadership, management, and innovation in health care contexts. At OPEN MINDS, Dr. DuVernay serves as Managing Editor of PsychU, a site dedicated to improving mental health care. For this work she marshals a passion for promoting mental health awareness and a commitment to decreasing stigma around mental illness and addiction.

Before joining OPEN MINDS, Dr. DuVernay worked for Johns Hopkins Medicine, where she wrote and edited publications for Hopkins physicians, referring physicians, and payers. Her article for a Hopkins publication explaining Maryland’s Medicare Waiver is Google’s top result for that search term.

Prior to Hopkins, Dr. DuVernay was a senior editor at the health policy journal Health Affairs, where she focused on writing and editing content about quality improvement initiatives and the business impacts of changing policy. Her 2011 Health Affairs article about Vermont’s medical homes experiment has been cited more than 100 times in the health policy literature, and her piece about an aging-in-place initiative has been cited more than 60 times.

Dr. DuVernay was an editor and writer with Harvard Business School Publishing before Health Affairs. In her seven years at Harvard, she served as Editor of Harvard Management Update and Managing Editor for the entire suite of related newsletters. As part of the team that established a fresh digital presence for the organization, she developed a popular blog called “Ask the Coach.” After she left Harvard, the relationship continued freelance, a highlight of which was a series of white papers she wrote for a prominent global health care company that contracted with Harvard for the same.

Dr. DuVernay earned her Ph.D. in English from Columbia University in the City of New York, specializing in modernist poetry.

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