Esteemed Advisors Join Upside to Enhance Health-Driven Housing Solutions

October 23, 2023

Upside, a national leader in providing end-to-end Housing Stability Programs to payers, proudly announces the addition of four distinguished advisors who will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of health-driven housing solutions. These experts bring a wealth of experience and knowledge in the fields of public health, healthcare strategy, and innovative healthcare technologies, strengthening Upside’s mission to be the leading housing program provider for the healthcare industry. Dr. Elissa Kozlov, Dr. Nirav R. Shah, John Gorman, and Chuck Hector significantly enrich our vision aimed at promoting health equity for Medicare, Medicaid, and D-SNP populations through innovative and scalable housing solutions.

Dr. Elissa Kozlov, Ph.D.

Dr. Kozlov is an NIH-funded, assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy and the Director of the Population Aging Concentration at Rutgers School of Public Health. Dr. Kozlov is a dedicated advocate, educator and researcher for improving healthcare outcomes for older adults and individuals with serious illnesses. Her extensive background in various clinical settings, coupled with her academic achievements, which include a doctoral degree in clinical and aging and developmental psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a Beeson K76 Career Development Award from the National Institute on Aging, position her as a vital asset to Upside’s mission.

Dr. Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH

As a Senior Scholar at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, Dr. Shah is a highly respected healthcare leader known for his expertise in public health, healthcare insurance, and clinical operations. He is a Board-certified Internal Medicine specialist and a graduate of Harvard College and Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Shah holds advisory roles at the CDC, serves as a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and is an independent director of STERIS plc. He also serves as a trustee of the John A. Hartford Foundation and previously held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Kaiser Permanente in Southern California and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health. His notable career spans roles as an operator, scientist, innovator, and regulator. Dr. Shah’s ongoing research at Stanford, aimed at enhancing healthcare quality and safety while lowering costs, aligns seamlessly with Upside’s mission to promote health equity through innovative housing solutions.

John Gorman

John Gorman’s authoritative knowledge in Medicare, Medicaid, and Affordable Care Act strategy comes from a rich history of governance and turnarounds of distressed health plans. Prior to founding Gorman Health Group, he served in significant roles at the Health Care Financing Administration’s (HCFA, now CMS) Office of Managed Care. John’s extensive background in healthcare policy advocacy and government affairs, along with his current advisory roles, makes him a critical advisor for Upside’s innovative housing initiatives.

Chuck Hector

With a history as the Chief Revenue Officer of in-home support company Papa and MDLIVE, a telehealth industry leader, Chuck Hector brings decades of experience in healthcare sales, implementation, and client success. His leadership roles at industry innovators including Circadian Health, IncentOne and ComPsych have equipped him with a deep understanding of health incentives and managed behavioral health, which will be pivotal in advancing Upside’s mission.

Strengthening the Integration of Housing and Healthcare

The addition of these accomplished advisors to Upside’s team reinforces our dedication to integrating housing and healthcare, recognizing the fundamental truth that “Housing is Health.” We look forward to benefiting from their insights, experience, and strategic guidance as we continue to revolutionize the healthcare industry.

A Brighter Future through Housing

Upside’s mission is to make a profound impact on community health by promoting housing stability, which leads to downstream impacts on member health and well-being. The addition of such distinguished advisors amplifies our capacity to drive transformative change in the housing sector, especially for the Medicare, Medicaid, and D-SNP populations.

With a reinforced advisory board, Upside is well-positioned to accelerate its journey towards advancing Health-Driven Housing Solutions, ensuring a brighter, healthier future for the communities we serve.

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