Ben Smith joined Lewin in 2013. He has over 20 years of broad experience in health care and human services policy research. The primary focus of his work has been to assist organizations in making research relevant for achieving their missions and improving results through learning collaboratives, specialized technical assistance and performance improvement processes.
Prior to joining Lewin as a vice president, Smith managed a portfolio of complex projects among the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Smith also brings a decade of service conducting research, evaluation and program development work in juvenile justice, mental health and substance abuse at the state and local levels.
He served as Virginia’s first director of the Governor’s Office for Substance Abuse Prevention, the first director of the Population Health Management Initiative at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, and designed and developed the first performance measurement and outcomes monitoring system for prevention services in Virginia.
Smith holds a master’s degree in sociology from the College of William and Mary.
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