WASHINGTON, D.C. – As it continues gain in stature as a leader in health care quality improvement, the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) announced today that Paul Skowronek has joined the organization as director of communications. Skowronek is charged with building awareness of ACHP within the political and health care policy communities and with the media. He reports directly to Jack Ebeler, ACHP’s president and CEO.
“We’re fundamentally a policy-driven organization, so it’s important that our communications director understand policy and policymaking in addition to possessing first-rate communications skills,” said Ebeler. “Paul’s diverse experience in health care isn’t limited to communications, and that’s a real asset. We’re excited to have him on board.”
Prior to joining ACHP, Skowronek spent four years in the Washington public affairs practice of Porter Novelli, a top-ten global public relations firm, most recently as senior account executive. At Porter Novelli, he worked primarily with coalitions and trade associations interested in influencing health care legislation in Congress. One of Skowronek’s most notable clients was the Health Benefits Coalition.
Skowronek began his professional career as a research associate at the Washington, DC-based Advisory Board Company, where he conducted strategic research for an international membership of health insurers, providers, hospitals and health systems to improve their business practices. He also brings to ACHP more than six years of state government experience in New Jersey, where he worked in the district offices of two representatives.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut), Skowronek was awarded an MA from the School of Advanced Study, University of London.
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The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) brings together a select group of innovative, not-for-profit or provider-sponsored health plans and provider organizations focused on improving health care quality in the United States. ACHP offers member plans a forum for learning, innovation and advocacy that allows them to promote the highest standards of health care quality and health improvement in their communities and nationally. ACHP member plans serve more than 12 million people across the United States. Additional information about ACHP is available at www.achp.org.
Capital Health Plan (Tallahassee, Florida); Fallon Community Health Plan (Worcester, Massachusetts); Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin); Group Health Cooperative (Seattle, Washington); Health Alliance Plan (Detroit, Michigan); HIP Health Plan of New York (New York, New York); HealthPartners (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and The Permanente Federation (Oakland, California and multi-state); M·Plan (Indianapolis, Indiana); UCare Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Excellus-Univera Healthcare (Buffalo, New York).