Marianne Udow-Phillips is the director of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) at the University of Michigan. CHRT is a non-profit partnership of the University of Michigan (U-M) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) with a mission to promote evidence based care delivery, improve population health, and expand access to care. Housed at the University of Michigan, CHRT is committed to helping policy makers make decisions based on facts. CHRT tests new ideas through demonstration projects, informs and educates the public through policy briefs and symposia and brings policy makers and researchers together through the CHRT Fellowship at the University of Michigan.
Before coming to CHRT, Marianne served as director of the Michigan Department of Human Services from 2004 to 2007, appointed by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. Marianne came to state service from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), where she served in a number of leadership roles for over 20 years, most recently as senior vice president of Health Care Products and Provider Services, with responsibility for the BCBSM social mission, health policy, data analysis, care and network management programs for the traditional and PPO products. She also served as senior vice president and vice president of Plans and Operations for Mercy Alternative and Care Choices. Marianne holds a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the U-M School of Public Health; she is a lecturer of public health at the U-M School of Public Health.
In addition to her long-standing commitment to improving the quality and affordability of health care, Marianne is a passionate advocate for improving the lives of the poor with a special emphasis on children, including a focus on early childhood development. She has served on many boards and commissions. Among others, her current non-profit board involvement includes the HighScope Educational Research Foundation, the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, Freedom from Hunger, Arbor Research, the U-M School of Public Health Dean’s Advisory Board, the U-M Depression Center’s National Advisory Board, and Arboretum Ventures Advisory Board. In addition, she is a member of the Dialog Direct board of directors and the External Advisory Group for the VHA Center for Applied Healthcare Studies.
Marianne has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Anti-Defamation League’s “Women of Achievement Award,” Crain’s Detroit Business top 100 “Most Influential Women” in 2002 and 2007, Wayne State College of Nursing’s “2003 Lifeline Award,” Girl Scouts of Huron Valley Council’s “2006 Women of Distinction Award,” Michigan Business and Professional Association’s “2006 Women & Leadership in the Workplace Award,” Michigan Fatherhood Coalition’s “2007 Child Advocate Award,” Michigan Women’s Foundation’s “2007 Women of Achievement and Courage Award,” and Michigan’s Children’s 2008 “Heroes” award. Ambassador Magazine named her as one of its 2011 “Ambassadors of the Year,” and Crain’s Detroit Business 2012 “Game-Changer” award.