Collaborations

Adjunct Faculty

Tamim Ahmed PhD MBATamim Ahmed, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Executive Director of Connecticut’s All-Payer Claims Database (APCD)

Dr. Ahmed is responsible for developing price and quality transparency information for the consumers. As part of the health insurance exchange (HIX), APCD is also used in assisting consumers in selecting the right plan based on medical and pharmacy utilization. Dr. Ahmed has a PhD in Econometrics from University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, with a MBA in Healthcare Finance from University of Hartford, CT.  He has headed informatics groups at Aetna, CIGNA and United Healthcare, and has published extensively on clinical program outcomes in peer-reviewed journals like Health Affairs, Medical Care, J. of Managed Care Pharmacy, American J. of Managed Care, J. of Consumer Policy, Disease Management, and J. National Comprehensive Cancer Networks. His specialty covers a wide swath of population health discipline comprising of health services research and methodology, predictive modeling for patient risk and ID/STRAT, provider analytics, pharmacy economics, customer segmentation, and other custom research including employer reporting and ‘return on investment’ (ROI) analysis. He has extensive experience (20+ years) in the healthcare industry and is often consulted for strategic healthcare related issues nationally.

 

Dr. Tekisha Dwan EveretteTekisha Dwan Everette, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Health Equity Solutions, Inc.

Dr. Tekisha Dwan Everette’s passion for social justice was fueled by her personal experiences and influences as a child. As a youth, she experienced delays in diagnosing asthma, and faced challenges accessing and navigating the health care system. These experiences gave Everette first-hand knowledge of the importance of health and health care access. This, combined with her admiration for social justice trailblazers such as Thurgood Marshall, Barbara Jordan, and Sandra Day O’Conner, inspired Everette to dedicate her life’s work toward eradicating health care inequities through advocacy and policy.

Everette has built a successful career in public policy, particularly health care policy, and advocacy in the non-profit, state, and private sectors. Before taking the helm of Health Equity Solutions (HES), she served as the Managing Director of Federal Government Affairs with the American Diabetes Association, where she provided strategic leadership on policy and advocacy initiatives with the White House, several federal agencies, and Congress, which led to important victories for people with and at risk for diabetes. Prior to this, Everette worked as a government relations consultant with Drinker, Biddle, and Reath, LLC, where she represented the interests of several nonprofit health care organizations on issues such as health reform, Medicare, Medicaid, and federal appropriations. Everette has also worked for the Service Employees International Union, RESI, the State of Maryland, and the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation.

Everette earned her doctorate in Sociology from American University with a concentration in race, gender, and social justice as it relates to social policy.  She received her Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Center of Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (popularly known as Virginia Tech) and holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies from the same institution.

Everette is an alumna of the Masters Series for Distinguished Leaders and the National Urban Fellows America’s Leaders of Change program. She is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Association of Black Sociologists, and serves on the board for the Washington, DC Metropolitan affiliate of Girls, Inc.

When Everette is not advocating for health care policy and social justice, she enjoys fulfilling her thirst for cultural enrichment through travel. She believes seeing the world helps one to expand their worldview and cultural understanding and her goal is to visit every US city and touch every continent at least once.  In her spare time, Everette enjoys listening to music, writing poetry, dancing, and cooking.