Kevin Barnett, DrPH, MCP

Senior Investigator

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

Kevin is a Senior Investigator at the Public Health Institute.  He has led research and fieldwork in hospital community benefit and health workforce diversity at PHI for over two decades, working with hospitals, government agencies, and community stakeholders across the country. 

Recent work includes a national study of community health assessments and implementation strategies for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a national initiative funded by the Kresge Foundation to align and focus investments by hospitals, other health sector stakeholders, and financial institutions in low income communities.  Current work includes a partnership with The Governance Institute and Stakeholder Health with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to build knowledge among hospital board members and senior leadership for health care transformation, a national study of hospital interventions to address food insecurity, and co-leadership of the Health Care Transformation Hub in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative

Kevin served on the IOM committee that produced the 2004 report “In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce,” and co-authored a chapter in the report focusing on community benefit and diversity.  He also co-authored a commissioned paper on the role of teaching hospitals in the parallel report from the Sullivan Commission entitled “Missing Persons: Minorities in the Health Professions.” He served as the Co-PI on national studies examining diversity-related accreditation standards, and has led numerous studies in the workforce diversity arena focusing in areas such as building primary care capacity, community health workers, and developing regional health career pathway systems.  He currently serves as the Co-Director of the California Health Workforce Alliance, as a member of the Board of Directors of Communities Joined in Action, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Trinity Health System.  

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