The O’ConnorReport is a candid, readable, and reliable resource on health care policy and politics for the public. Based in Seattle, Washington Kathleen has a broad personal and professional network throughout the country to tap into for insights and accuracy.
About Publisher Kathleen O’Connor: 25+ year experience includes: Founder and CEO, CodeBlueNow! –a national non-partisan, non-profit dedicated to a nonpartisan public voice in health reform (2004-2010);
Independent Journalist: Articles Appeared in: Washington Post; Guest columnist Seattle Times 2000-04; Selected cover stories include: HMO Magazine; Washington CEO; Health care Infomatics; InfoCare Clients included: Health Care Purchasers’ Association; Harvard Community Health Plan; Sisters of Providence Health Plans in Washington; Medicare Marketing Director, for-profit HMO (1988-90); Independent business owner, O’Connor Communications.
Her work in the private sector led to her ardent consumer advocacy.
Passionate about public voices in health care she sponsored a contest in 2003 with $15,000 in cash prizes to “Build An American Health System” to assure the public’s voice was included rather than relying on partisan solutions. The contest led to the creation of CodeBlueNow!
Founder and Executive Director CodeBlueNow! www.codebluenow.org Honorary Board included four former governors, Republican and Democrat; developed the CodeBlueNow! Papers which ran in The Seattle Post Intelligencer for 10 consecutive weeks. Authors ranged from former governors and entrepreneurs to corporate and foundation executives.
Developer: CodeBlueNow Papers, Seattle Post ntelligencer
Current National and Local Board and Advisory Council Memberships:
- Public Member, Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission. http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/MedicalCommission/CommissionInformation/Purpose;
- Board of Directors, Foundation for Health Care Quality www.qualityhealth.org
- Patient and Family Advisory Council
- Patient Advisory Council, Patient View Institute, Rhode Island, www.goPVI.org;
- Member, National Coalition on Health Care, Washington DC, www.nchc.org
- Member, Association of Health Care Journalists www.healthjournalism.org
- The Buck Still Stops Nowhere: Why America’s Health Care is All Dollars and No Sense 2015
- The Buck Stops Nowhere: Why America’s Health Care is All Dollars and No Sense, 2003: 2nd edition 2004
- Embracing Two Lives, A Journey of Love, Loss and Healing
- Alzheimer’s Caregiver: Strategies for Support, University of Washington Press, 1987
Institutional and Personal Histories:
- A History of Trust and Collaboration, The Foundation for Health Care Quality, www.qualityhealth.org
- A Path to Hope: A Reflection of 10 Years of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, www.caseygrants.org
- Rooted in Health, The Bastyr University Story, Bastyr University, www.bastyr.edu
- Dick Spady: A Life of Vision and Values, www.ddir.com
Columns and articles: The Seattle Times, guest columnist 2000-2004. Articles and op-eds appeared regularly in Puget Sound Business Journal, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Cover stories include Washington CEO, HMO Magazine and Health Care Informatics. Op-eds in business journals around the country, and in The Washington Post, among others.
Commissioned White Papers and Reports: The Seattle Times “Health Care 1987 and You: A Consumer’s Guide to Health Care;” Safeco Insurance Company: Girls to Grandmothers; The Artist Trust, “Access to Affordable Health Care in Washington State For Artists;” US Public Health Service, Region X, “Practice Where It’s Nearly Perfect: The Great Pacific Northwest,” Washington State Hospital Education and Research Foundation, Health Care Reform in Your Community: A Glimpse of the Future; TUB Press, The Language of Health Care Reform: Glossary of Terms and Definitions, among many others.
Non-health care articles and op-eds: The Washington Post in February 1959 when her school was the first in Virginia to be successfully integrated. A follow up guest column appeared February 2009.
Community Leadership and Honors: White House Women’s Conference Circle; Community Leadership Program sponsored by Kettering Foundation, W.K Kellogg Foundation and the Community Leadership Association; Outstanding Alumni Award, Leadership Tomorrow, Seattle; Distinguished Leadership Award, Community Leadership Association; Medicare Coverage Advisory Commission; and Seattle Women’s Commission, instrumental in introducing legislation to prohibit discrimination in credit and insurance based on gender or marital status. Washington was the first state to do so; King County Board of Mental Health; Save the Pike Street Market Committee, among others.
Personal: Only child in Naval Aviator family. Lived throughout the United States and spent her high school years in Japan. She holds a BA and MA in Japanese and Comparative Governments from the University of Washington.