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Dionne Kringos

2014–15 Harkness Fellow Postdoctoral/Senior Health Systems Researcher Department of Social Medicine Academic Medical Centre (AMC) University of Amsterdam

Harkness Project Title: Realizing the Potential of the Affordable Care Act in Strengthening Primary Care

Mentor: Sara J. Singer, Ph.D. (Harvard School of Public Health)

Co-Mentor: Meredith B. Rosenthal, Ph.D. (Harvard School of Public Health)

Placement: Harvard School of Public Health

Biography at time of Harkness Fellowship: Dionne Kringos, Ph.D., M.Sc., a 2014–15 Dutch Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, is a postdoctoral/senior health systems researcher in the Department of Social Medicine at the Academic Medical Centre of the University of Amsterdam. Prior positions have included consultant for WHO Europe and RAND Europe and researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL). Kringos’s research interests include primary care development and evaluation, health systems performance, health financing, quality of care, and indicator development. She has published 28 peer-reviewed journal articles, including in Health Affairs, Health Policy, American Journal of Public Health, and International Journal for Quality in Health Care. Kringos received her Ph.D. in primary care system performance from Utrecht University and an M.Sc. in health economics, policy, and law as well as an M.Sc. in health services research from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Project: Dr. Kringos’ project will to identify effective models of high-quality primary care for patients with multiple chronic conditions. She will focus on best practices among U.S. and international primary care practices and experiences of an Academic Innovations Collaborative in Massachusetts, where 20 Harvard-affiliated primary care practices from 2012 to 2014 are undergoing a transformation toward becoming a Primary Care Learning Laboratory for Patient Safety. Using qualitative methods, Dionne will perform an in-depth study of evidence-based interventions at policy, practice, provider, and patient level, and explore the drivers of transforming primary care practices toward becoming high-performing practices for patients in complex circumstances, reducing the risk to harm.

Career Activity since Fellowship: 

  • Postdoctoral/Senior Health Systems Researcher, Department of Social Medicine, Academic Medical Centre (AMC) at the University of Amsterdam

Current Positions: (updated 04/2017)

  • Assistant Professor, Academic Medical Centre of the University of Amsterdam, Department of Public Health, 2016
  • Head, WHO Collaborating Centre for Quality and Equity in Primary Health Care Systems, 2017


Email: [email protected]

Harkness Related Publications:

A.M. Rotar, M.J. van den Berg, D.S. Kringos, N.S. Klazinga. “Reporting and use of the OECD Health Care Quality Indicators at national and regional level in 15 countries,” International Journal for Quality in Health Care. 2016.

M. Harris, C.P. Burgess, D.S. Kringos. “Hope for US health care despite strong headwinds,” Br J Gen Pract. 2015.
M. Harris, C.P. Burgess, D.S. Kringos. “Hope for US health care despite strong headwinds,” Br J Gen Pract. 2015.

J. Hanson, P.P. Groenewegen, G. Wienke, W. Boerma  D.S. Kringos. “Living In A Country With A Strong Primary Care System Is Beneficial To People With Chronic Conditions,” Health Affairs. 2015.