Karen Batia, PhD
Dr. Karen Batia is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years of clinical and executive leadership experience in community-based healthcare. She specializes in bringing together different healthcare sectors, payers and providers including those that impact the social determinants of health to create integrated delivery models focused on population health strategies that improve health outcomes.
Since joining HMA, Dr. Batia has provided consultation to providers, hospitals and health systems, accountable care organizations, executive leadership and provider networks, and health plans regarding integrated service delivery, behavioral health redesign, care management, strategic planning, financing models, and managed care contracting.
Prior to consulting, Dr. Batia led the development of, and served as chief executive officer for, Together4Health, a care coordination entity comprised of 34 owner-organizations that includes hospitals and social service, primary care, and behavioral health providers across Cook County, Illinois.
Dr. Batia also served as executive director of Heartland Health Outreach and vice president of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights. In this capacity, she oversaw primary and oral health services, outpatient and residential mental health and addictions treatment, refugee health programs, cross-cultural interpreting services, and a continuum of other services. As executive director, she designed and implemented integrated health services in order to better position the agency to respond to healthcare reform.
She earned her doctorate and master’s degrees from the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies of Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.