The Policy, Outreach & Communications team at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation works to support the understanding and implementation of shared decision making through education, outreach and advocacy. The team collaborates with policy makers, partnering organizations and media to communicate and support implementation efforts, and to ensure that as many organizations and individuals as possible can benefit from our work.
Ben provides health law oversight, health policy analysis and guidance to all Foundation activities to support sustainable models of health care that include informed medical decision making and improved quality of medical decisions. He has had an extensive career in health care law serving clients in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as the first legal counsel to George Washington Medical Center, which involved providing legal advice to an academic medical center, a 550 bed teaching hospital, a medical school; providing legal oversight of all medical research and intellectual property activities and legal advice for over 1,000 affiliated physician practices. Before academic medicine, Ben served as the executive director of the national membership nonprofit: American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics located at Boston University School of Law. For over 15 years, Ben convened more than 100 national symposia and supervised publication of two peer reviewed journals covering the domains of law, medicine and ethics. He holds a teaching appointment as an adjunct professor at the Harvard School of Public Health where he teaches a popular course on health law in clinical practice within the department of health policy & management. He received his BA with honors from Harvard College. In addition, he holds a JD from Georgetown Law Center and an MPH from Harvard University.
Steph leads efforts related to the Foundation's communication and marketing strategy and assists with business development activities. Her prior experience includes internships with the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley and Rockingham Memorial Hospital, where she gained insight into the world of health communication and marketing. Steph holds a BA in media arts & design and communication studies from James Madison University, with concentrations in corporate communication and health communication, respectively.
Pepper provides assistance to the Foundation in many aspects relating to communications and outreach. This includes monitoring and maintaining all media outlets, updating the website and blog, conducting research on potential new outreach opportunities and more. She also assists with business development activities. Previous to starting at the Foundation, Pepper worked as a public relations intern for a start up company, where she managed their online presence and helped grow their customer base. Her first insight into the health industry was as an intern for the American Cancer Society, which piqued her interest in both the industry as well as non-profits. Pepper holds a BA in communication and international studies from the University of Washington in Seattle.