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Michelle Guerra

Michelle Guerra

Sr. Consultant, Population Health & Health Equity
Michelle is a Senior Consultant with RTI Health Advance.

Michelle is a healthcare and clinical leader with broad expertise working within the commercial health plan space where her areas of expertise include population health strategy, population health analytics and programming, clinical and medical management program operations, and driving alignment with regulatory and accreditation standards. Michelle’s experience also includes partnership and collaboration with external health management and vendor programs. Michelle is a passionate behavioral health advocate and had the pleasure of supporting mental health parity and developing strategies which improved member navigation and access to behavioral health care.

Michelle joined RTI Health Advance after spending 10 years at Premera Blue Cross in Washington state where she was the Care Value Programs Manager and worked as Senior Clinician for over 7 years.  Prior to her commercial health plan experience, Michelle served as the Director of Assessment and Referral, Utilization Management at Fairfax Hospital, an acute behavioral health facility in Kirkland, Washington.

Michelle is a licensed mental health counselor in Washington state and a National Certified Counselor with over 15 years of clinical experience. She earned an MA from City University in mental health counseling and has a BA in psychology and history from the University of Washington.

How Medical Management & Pharmacy Management Processes Contribute To Health Inequities

Discover how to identify and address healthcare disparities through data analysis to create more equitable practices in the healthcare delivery system.

Addressing Healthcare Bias Among People With Disabilities

Explore the challenges faced by disabled individuals in accessing equitable healthcare and discover practical approaches to promote inclusivity.

How Health Plans Support Mental Health Services

Discover how health plans, employers, and regulatory entities are tackling the growing demand for behavioral health services and access to coverage.

Improving Quality Measurement For Behavioral Healthcare

Quality measurement is critical to managing clinical processes, outcomes, and patient preferences, and implementing system-wide changes. Learn more.

Using Digital Health Technology In Addressing Children's Behavioral Health

Learn how digital health tools seek to close gaps in time-to-diagnosis, expanding access to behavioral health treatment options for children.

Equity And Access Are At The Forefront Of Proposed Medicare Advantage Changes

See a sample of the proposed Medicare Advantage changes expected to go into effect in 2024, including issues around equity and access.

What Are Federal Mental Health Parity Protections And Are They Improving Access?

Mental health parity protections are vital to increase access to coverage. However, there are still many challenges to mental parity laws. Learn more.

Overcoming Mental Health Services Challenges In Rural America

As healthcare stakeholders advocate for improved access to care, rural areas emerge as a population experiencing substantial inequity. Learn more.

Economic Stability Programs & Support - What's Working & Trending? SDoH Series, Part 2

Income is closely linked with health—learn how current economic stability programs are affecting the 6 social determinants of health in the US.

The Value Of Behavioral Health Integration For Patients With Chronic Pain

Behavioral health integration has the potential to make a difference in the lives of patients with co-occurring conditions like chronic pain. See more.

Identifying Health Inequities Experienced By Disabled Persons

Many disabled Americans face deep, longstanding health inequities, including barriers to care, lower quality of care, and disparate health outcomes. See more.

Preventive Measures: Applying Value-Based Care To Behavioral Health

Though VBC for behavioral health may have hurdles, it can be a way to champion & demonstrate the value of preventive behavioral healthcare. See more.

Qualified Professional Interpreters Key In Improving Health Outcomes, Achieving Equity Goals

Effective patient-provider communication is key to achieving health equity goals. Learn why qualified medical interpreters are increasingly critical here.

Unwinding From The Public Health Emergency: Medicaid Redetermination & Beyond

Because the PHE end date will likely be extended in January 2023, state Medicaid offices are preparing for a complex & critical next phase. See more.

The Mental Health Of Children & Young Adults: Effects Of The Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a lasting impact on child and adolescent mental health. Learn more about the issues youth are facing and how to help here.

Building Community Capacity To Improve Health Equity

When planning to engage the community as part of a health equity initiative, it's important to ensure that there is community capacity. Learn how here.

Providing Effective Youth Mental Health & Behavioral Healthcare

Learn about current trends and factors impacting youth mental health and ways that healthcare systems can innovate to reach kids sooner & more effectively.

Pathways To Success: Behavioral Health's Value-Based Care Journey

Addressing these six challenges to behavioral health transition to value-based care could help mitigate the current mental health crisis.

Prioritizing Cognitive Decline And Dementia Prevention In Older Adults

The number of senior adults is projected to reach 20% of the U.S. population by 2025. See why vascular cognitive impairment is a timely healthcare imperative.

Keeping Us Up At Night: Stress, Sleep, And Mental Health

The relationship between sleep and mental health is close-knit and circular. Learn how stress reduction and sleep improvement can impact population health.

The Cascading Effect Of Comorbidities: Addressing Chronic Medical Disease Alongside Mental Health

Learn how mental & physical comorbidities are related and how healthcare is looking to adopt a more holistic, technology-assisted approach to address them.

Population Health Management Holds Promise For Meeting America’s Growing Behavioral Health Needs

Behavioral health needs often go unmet, but population health strategies can help expand behavioral health care access and improve its efficacy. Learn more.

Ageism: An Often-Overlooked Social Determinant Of Health In The Health Equity Equation

Health equity research shows that age-related SDoH place older populations at a disadvantage. Learn more about how ageism affects health equity here.

Black Mental Health: Black Americans’ Behavioral Health Needs Outpace Access To Care

A dysfunctional healthcare system paired with cultural ambivalence is preventing Black Americans from accessing mental & behavioral healthcare. Learn more.