Mary Russell, MPH
Los Angeles, CA
Mary Russell specializes in developing and evaluating managed care, quality improvement and health education programs. Her work at HMA has focused on Medicare programs and dually eligible populations.
Prior to joining HMA, Mary was a clinical project manager at L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly operated health plan in the nation. Mary implemented and evaluated quality improvement programs for duals and led initiatives to integrate product and clinical operations for the Cal MediConnect (Medicare-Medicaid plan) product line. This included managing cross-functional workgroups to launch the Duals Demonstration pilot and providing ongoing coordination between product and clinical operations. Mary was responsible for maintaining the Medicare model of care to ensure regulatory standards were met while monitoring and evaluating quality metrics.
With extensive experience in product operations, Mary led the implementation of a high-touch care management approach to increase member engagement and improve health outcomes for nearly 15,000 dual eligibles in L.A. County. This included developing an in-home assessment, managing a vendor to conduct the assessment, developing training materials, and working within the existing IT infrastructure to integrate assessment results into member care plans. She contributed to the development of L.A. Care’s overall Medicare product strategy – managing CMS application processes from planning through submission. Mary also interpreted and operationalized CMS and DHCS regulatory policy to ensure overall program compliance and supported an organization-wide core system transformation.
Prior to L.A. Care, Mary collaborated with public health and pharmaceutical organizations on health education and behavior change programs. She managed the research, development, implementation and evaluation of initiatives, including data analysis, stakeholder engagement, public-private partnerships, provider training, and national and international media outreach. Mary has worked with organizations in the fields of oncology, mental health, violence prevention, heart disease, diabetes and nutrition.
Mary earned her master’s degree in public health from University of California, Berkeley and her bachelor’s degree in communication from Villanova University.
A native of Los Angeles, Mary enjoys cheering on the Dodgers and hiking in Griffith Park with her husband and two daughters. She also practices yoga and recently completed a 200-hour teacher training program.