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Robin Osborn

Senior Advisor, International Program in Health Policy and Practice Innovations
The Commonwealth Fund
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Robin Osborn, M.B.A., is senior advisor to the Commonwealth Fund’s International Health Policy and Practice Innovations program. In this role, she helps to oversee the Harkness Fellowships and provides expertise on health systems and practices in other countries. Prior to moving into her advisory role in August 2019, Ms. Osborn was the vice president and director of the program, with responsibility for the Fund's annual International Symposium on Health Policy, annual international health policy surveys of 11 countries and comparisons of health systems data; program on Frugal Innovations; bilateral meetings on health care quality and efficiency with the U.S. and U.K., France, and Canada; the Fund's International Working Group on High Need/High Cost Patients; the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice; the Australian–American Health Policy Fellowships, and 22 international partnerships with Ministries of Health, research organizations, and health foundations. Before joining the Fund in 1997, Ms. Osborn was director of fellowship programs at the Association for Health Services Research (now AcademyHealth), where she directed the Picker/Commonwealth Scholars Program and served as deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program. While living in London from 1986-1992, she held management positions at BUPA, the largest private health insurer in the United Kingdom, with responsibility for developing managed care programs. Her previous positions include founding managing director of the Miller Institute for Performing Artists at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center; executive director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Greater New York's corporate foundation; special assistant to the vice president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield for the division charged with quality improvement and cost containment; and assistant director of Jacobi Hospital Center, a 1,400-bed, public safety net hospital. She earned a B.S. with honors at Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

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