Kimberly Smathers has over 17 years of experience — as a business and community leader, consultant, and researcher — in working toward person-centered and equitable approaches to enhancing health and well-being. Previously vice president at a federally qualified health center, she brings nuanced insight into care delivery and business models for serving vulnerable and complex populations. Smathers has deep experience working with diverse stakeholders to create and launch new initiatives, drawing on expertise in analytics and data visualization, business development and strategy, communications, stakeholder engagement and human-centered design.
Smathers is an expert on promising practices for health plans working to integrate and coordinate care for the dually eligible population, and she has led technical assistance and evaluation efforts for several CMS Innovation Center payment and service delivery models. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, she has focused extensively on data-driven and impactful community engagement to build equitable testing and vaccination programs and address social determinants of health.
She received her MBA from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.