Areas of Expertise :
Community Building, Health Policy, Community Benefit, Communications and Writing
Maureen Kersmarki is nationally recognized for her extensive background in health policy, community benefit, and healthy community work.
Maureen’s expertise stems from 31 years with AdventHealth, a large faith-based heath system based in Florida. She most recently served as the corporate director of Public Policy and Community Benefit, developing AdventHealth’s first corporate Community Benefit program and overseeing 35 Community Health Needs Assessments in 10 states.
Maureen was the founding director of the Adventist Health Policy Institute (AHPA) which created a single policy voice for five Seventh-day Adventist health systems. She was also the founding director of AdventHealth’s Community Health Improvement Council (CHIC) that allocated millions off dollars for innovative, outcomes-based community health projects. She built the Center for Health Futures at AdventHealth, and implemented community-based translational research programs (published). She co-founded the Central Florida Partnership on Health Disparities (CFPHD).
Throughout her career, she worked with local nonprofits and government entities to meet the needs of the communities they served. She has experience in building health access networks, and served as the chair of the Primary Care Access Network (PCAN) of Orange County (FL) for 12 years. PCAN initially served 5,000 low-income patients in one clinic and has grown to 18 clinics serving over 300,000 people.
Maureen currently serves on the advisory council for Stakeholder Health, a movement of 60-plus faith-based health systems and related partners striving to change the focus of health care from the hospital to the community, with a special emphasis on the underserved. For 15 years, she served on the advisory council for the Association for Community Health Improvement (of the American Hospital Association).
She has extensive public speaking and group facilitation experience, and has earned multiple writing awards. Maureen is a Class 8 graduate of the Health Forum’s Healthy Community Fellowship.