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Ben Harris

UChicago Obama Scholars 2022-2023

Role

Former Health and Social Systems Strategic Advisor, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

Location

DENVER, COLORADO

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Biography

Ben has worked in the US health and human services system for over a decade. He began his career at Erie Family Health Center in Chicago, where he monitored and managed the performance of health programming, including HIV/AIDS care, pediatric and perinatal behavioral health, and diabetes management. He then led the Accountable Care Collaborative at Colorado’s Medicaid agency. There, he developed a cross-sector workgroup to improve behavioral health access and engagement for people reentering the community from state prisons. Under his leadership, the workgroup tripled the rate of engagement with behavioral health services for the population. He most recently served as a Farber Fellow through the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) at Repowered, an employment social enterprise in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Ben is interested in developing and implementing community-driven models that combine multiple human and social services into a cohesive delivery fabric for individuals with complex health and social needs.

Ben is pursuing a master’s in business administration at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he is a Neubauer Family Civic Scholar.