Liddy Garcia-Buñuel is an experienced professional in healthcare program development and administration. She uses her focus on community engagement to address and overcome barriers to healthcare access and delivery. In the last 28 years, she held a range of positions in multiple nonprofits, insurance cooperatives, and hospital and health systems.
Liddy knows and understands the regulated insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as the critical link between hospitals, health systems, and the communities they serve. As the chief operating officer at Evergreen Health Cooperative, she was instrumental in creating the first-ever insurance cooperative in Maryland, and within months launched products in the individual and small group marketplace. As executive director of multiple community-based organizations, Liddy focused on creating, implementing, and measuring impactful and innovative programs to promote health, change utilization patterns, and reduce hospital admissions and readmissions.
She knows how to identify and engage trusted advocates in the community to improve health. Liddy directed a nationally recognized health plan prior to the ACA, which coupled affordable health care with health coaching. She trained, certified, and created continuing education opportunities for community health workers from El Salvador, Seattle, and Chicago to, most recently, Howard County, Maryland. She combines a vision for change with practical and reproducible management models that promote healthier communities.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from The College of Wooster and is a certified emergency medical technician. She also studied maternal and child health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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