Director, Health IT Programs
National Partnership for Women & Families
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Eva M. Powell, MSW, director of health IT programs for the National Partnership for Women & Families, is leading an effort to empower consumer advocates to be more actively engaged in health information technology policy development and implementation, on the national, state and local levels. On the national level, she works with policymakers implementing various elements of the HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act, with particular attention to ensuring that patients and consumers see direct benefits as a result of the taxpayer-funded meaningful use incentives. On the state and local levels she is working with consumer and patient advocates, as well as health IT initiative leaders, to achieve meaningful consumer engagement in boards and bodies governing health information exchange, as well as in the actual use of health information to improve outcomes of care.
Ms. Powell previously worked in the quality improvement arena assisting hospitals with care redesign, and prior to that was a social worker in a large academic medical center. She graduated with honors from Wake Forest University, earning a BA degree in psychology. She also earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a concentration in families and children.