Mario Gutierrez, MPH
Mario Gutierrez is director of the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP).
Gutierrez brings more than 30 years of experience in California’s non-profit health and health philanthropy sectors. Prior to joining CCHP, Gutierrez served as a program director with The California Endowment for 12 years, where he led several major health care initiatives, including its 10-year, $20 million investment in telehealth deployment throughout California. He also served as The Endowment’s lead for Rural and Agricultural Worker Health Programs and Policy.
Gutierrez is Chairman of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Rural Human Services Advisory Panel, which provides agencies of the federal government with policy analysis and recommendations to promote livable rural communities. Gutierrez also has extensive experience in global health policy, with a special emphasis on Mexico and Latin America.
Gutierrez serves on the Board of Directors of the California State Rural Health Association, a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization that works to improve the health of rural Californians and the quality and accessibility of the heath care they receive.
Gutierrez received his master’s degree in public health from the University of California. In recognition of his achievements, Gutierrez received the prestigious 2007 Terrance Keenan National Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy.
Analysis of Expansion of Tele-ICU in Rural Areas
The Center for Connected Health Policy will provide the New England Healthcare Institute with strategic advising and policy analysis with respect to expanding Tele-ICU in rural areas. CCHP will research and identify potential policy challenges, provide information on potential sites, and assist in the identification and assessment of available Tele-ICU technology and potential sources of public/private support.
Continued Funding of the Center for Connected Health Policy
CCHP will: 1) continue leadership of the Statewide Telehealth Workgroup; 2) develop a new initiative on Telehealth and its impact on the Triple Aim of Health Care Reform; 3) Identify and address emerging legal and ethical issues related to telehealth, 4) provide technical assistance on telehealth policy and reimbursement issues to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations and ARRA (stimulus) Model e-Health Community awardees in California; and 5) develop and disseminate policy briefs and updates on state and federal policy matters.
Strategic Advising and Policy Analysis for Tele-ICU
The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) provides strategic advising to the New England Health Care Institute (NEHI) by convening a Tele-ICU Advisory Board, identifying opportunities and barriers to tele-ICU expansion in California, and by offering policy recommendations.
Teledermatology in California & Its Role in Medi-Cal
The purpose of this project is to determine the current state of teledermatology in California assessing provider demographics, existing practice models, and perceived barriers to teledermatology practice, specifically as these issues relate to Medi-Cal financed healthcare delivery.
Telehealth Legislative Staff Site Visit
CCHP will provide a forum for key policymakers and staff to increase their understanding of telehealth in California. It will highlight the potential of telehealth to increase access, quality, and efficiency; to serve low income Californians receiving care through public programs; and to improve urban and rural care delivery.
Telehealth Policy Resource Center
CCHP will serve as the Health Resources and Services Administration national Telehealth Policy Resource Center. CCHP will provide technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of the Regional Telehealth Resource Centers and serve as a national center of excellence on telehealth policy.