SP Consulting Senior Partner Dee Ellison has had an award-winning career in government service, health associations, and public relations firms. She has gone on to start Ellison Communications, which provides a wide range of communications services. Dee specializes in health and medical communications strategic planning and implementation and also provides services for environmental and education issues. Dee is considered an excellent writer and editor, tailoring a wide variety of written materials for different audiences with varied levels of knowledge and interest.
For the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General, Dee helped develop and implement strategies for communicating information to the public and the media about health care fraud issues, including Medicare/Medicaid and medical identity theft. She also led a team of OIG experts to create, write, and edit the HHS Office of Inspector General’s Transition Book for the then-incoming administration, highlighting the agency’s achievements. She received the IG Award for Excellence for this work.
Dee has provided wide-ranging communications services for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Health Council, the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the Generic Pharmaceutical Industry Association, and the American Diabetes Association. Dee helped each achieve its goals by developing strategies for specific audiences. As a Managing Supervisor at Fleishman Hillard, she provided communications services for a wide range of clients.
As Director of Communications for the National Health Council, she directed major initiatives, managing teams that developed national consensus conferences involving the top experts in the country. For each conference, she compiled recommended strategies and action plans that propelled the issues forward and educated professionals and constituents nationwide. Issues included health literacy, family caregiving, genetics research, and antibiotic resistance.
Dee served as a liaison with pharmaceutical companies that provided educational grants for NHC conferences, including Pfizer Inc., SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Eli Lilly and Company.
As Director of Communications for the National Osteoporosis Foundation, she developed and managed nationwide education programs that positioned the association as a visible and credible leader in U.S. osteoporosis education. As part of this effort, she developed relationships with government agencies and led successful media outreach programs.
Dee received a Silver Anvil, the highest award in the public relations field for an educational program on recycling. She has an MS in Public Relations from The American University and lives in Falls Church, VA.