Heather Grimshaw brings over 20 years of experience to her position as Executive Editor at OPEN MINDS. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Grimshaw served as the Director of Communications & Strategic Partnerships for the Colorado State Innovation Model and the Colorado Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. The Colorado State Innovation Model focused on the integration of physical and behavioral health care services in primary care settings, in collaboration with both public and private payers. The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative provided technical assistance to thousands of health care provider organizations in both specialty and primary care to realign their operations to succeed with alternate payment models and value-based reimbursement. In this role, Ms. Grimshaw managed communication and established partnership with a wide range of stakeholder groups interested in the initiative – government executives and policy makers, leaders in the health care field, and consumer and advocacy groups.

Prior to her position with Colorado State Innovation Model, Ms. Grimshaw was the Senior Editorial Manager at Medical Group Management Association, based in Englewood, Colorado. Here she managed the publications suite and supervised a team of staff members and freelance writers – including managing magazines and email newsletters for the association. Ms. Grimshaw developed editorial supplements to MGMA Connexion magazine.

Before joining the Medical Group Management Association, Ms. Grimshaw was the Director of Veterinary Communications, Outreach at Morris Animal Foundation, Denver, Colorado. In this position, Ms. Grimshaw wrote and edited copy for publications. Ms. Grimshaw also helped create and launch a consumer newsletter for Morris Animal Foundation. Previously, Ms. Grimshaw served as a Reporter/Editor with the American Animal Hospital Association in Lakewood, Colorado. In this role, she wrote and edited stories for their biweekly email newsletter. Ms. Grimshaw also wrote and edited many articles for their bimonthly magazine and web page. While on the American Animal Hospital Association’s team, she helped to create and launch consumer publications.

Ms. Grimshaw earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications at Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts.

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