Martina “Marti” Schulte is president of Community Physician Consulting LLC. While practicing primary care internal medicine, she established the firm to address the challenges of providers and healthcare organizations. She has firsthand experience with the joys and challenges of primary care from her more than 25 years of working on the front lines as a doctor. Marti has worked in clinical care for underserved populations, including at Denver Health, safety net health clinics in Cincinnati and Newport, Ky., and at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. During her years at Denver Health, she was also a provider for persons with HIV in the HIV Primary Care Clinic. These clinical experiences give her extensive knowledge of the workings of clinical care, as well as the challenges for providers and the systems in which they work.
In addition to a thorough knowledge of primary care, Marti also has experience in quality improvement and effective quality programs, including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement model. She led the first IHI diabetes care initiative at Denver Health and has led other initiatives for care improvement. At the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, she directed the development of a comprehensive pain management policy, including changing the prescribing policy for narcotic pain medication. She was the lead physician and medical director of the HIV Primary Care Clinic at Denver Health, supervising care and quality issues and ensuring grant-compliance.
Through years of working in primary care with dedicated healthcare colleagues, Marti has developed a keen interest in supporting healthcare professionals as they sort through the challenges of their calling, define their personal goals and formulate plans for taking more control of their work situations. Through training and life experience, Marti has developed the skills to coach healthcare colleagues.
Marti’s interest in international healthcare led her to use her expertise in HIV care as a physician educator in countries in Africa, through Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the Clinton Foundation HIV Global Initiative. She continues to travel internationally for medical purposes, as a volunteer site assessor with Project CURE, most recently doing assessments in Sri Lanka and Senegal.
Marti received her internal medicine training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and her medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and is board certified in internal medicine through the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Marti grew up in Northern Kentucky and is grateful for the support and life lessons she learned from her family there. She now resides in Denver, CO with her husband, and is the proud parent of three adult daughters.
Jay Want, MD, is the owner and principal of Want Healthcare LLC. He consults for a wide variety of clients, including the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is also the Chief Medical Officer for the nonprofit Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC), a public-private partnership that houses data from the state’s All Payer Claims Database, and supplies those data to the public and private entities to the benefit of the people of the state. He serves on the board of the non-profit Rocky Mountain Health Plan, based in Grand Junction, Colorado. In January 2012, he was appointed an Innovation Advisor for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). He also currently serves as a commissioner on the Colorado Commission for Affordable Health Care (CCAHC).
From 2009 to 2012, he served as founding chairman of the board of CIVHC. For eight years he was President and Chief Executive Officer of a Denver management services organization that is now part of the MSSP ACO program. He has served on task forces for the Colorado Division of Insurance, the Colorado Trust, the Colorado Hospital Association, the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care Reform, and as a fellow of the Colorado Health Foundation.
In 2009, he assisted Senator Michael Bennet in drafting the Care Transitions Act, ultimately included in the Affordable Care Act under Section 3026. He has spoken nationally for the Brandeis Health Industry Forum, the Integrated Healthcare Association, AcademyHealth, and the American Medical Association. He was the 2010 recipient of the John K. Iglehart award for leadership in health care from the Colorado Health Foundation.
Jay is board-certified in internal medicine, and was a primary care internist in private practice for ten years. This gives him a unique understanding of the challenges that health care reform poses for practicing physicians. He passionately believes that the current system is broken, and that physicians can and should lead the transformation to a more effective, efficient, and humane system for providers and patients alike.
He received his internal medicine training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his medical degree from Northwestern University. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He grew up outside of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and graduated from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, a very long time ago.