With over 15 years of experience, SP’s Carol Robinson has skills working across business, government, nonprofit, and association sectors in the issue areas of healthcare, education, public sector finance and economic development. As Principal of Robinson & Associates Consulting, she brings a keen specialization in the uses of health information technology and the data derived through electronic systems to support new, coordinated models of healthcare.
Robinson’s policy experience includes serving as Oregon’s State Coordinator of Health Information Technology and as Administrator of Oregon’s Office of Health IT. In those roles, she led the policy planning efforts and the development of CareAccord™, Oregon’s technical solution to provide secure connectivity between healthcare organizations for better patient care. During her tenure, she built her reputation as a national leader, serving on advisory committees for the Markel Foundation, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Oregon was awarded the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) State Award of 2010, under Robinson’s leadership.
Robinson’s political experience includes campaigns, fundraising and public affairs work. She was appointed by Oregon’s Governor in 2009 to coordinate the successful strategy for passage of priority legislation, restructuring the state’s health and human service agencies, expanding low cost health coverage for Oregon’s children, and creating several reforms to help address healthcare costs. From 2003-06, she supported many of Oregon’s leading businesses develop and promote a shared legislative agenda that included positions on renewable energy and the creation of a state rainy-day fund to stabilize funding for essential services. Carol has applied her know-how from the grassroots to the boardroom; she was instrumental in forming a coalition of organizations focused on improving Oregon’s K-12 education system, and served for eight years on the advisory board for the Center for Women, Politics and Policy at Portland State University.
Robinson’s strategic communications experience includes a three-year stint as executive director of a nonprofit health media organization, where she created a series of popular health policy conferences, and led a statewide listening tour for health policymakers. Robinson & Associates Consulting has supported federally sponsored patient safety and interoperability projects, and provides strategic and technical assistance to organizations across the U.S. She is the parent of four young adults and resides with her husband in Portland, Oregon.