About Us

Our Staff

The Better Health Team includes individuals with diverse backgrounds and expertise in collaborative leadership, strategic planning, program/project management, data analytics/IT security, convening/event management, quality improvement consulting, social determinant of health care coordination, finance, communications, shared learning circles, and operations.
Rita Navarro-Horwitz
Rita Navarro-Horwitz
President & CEO
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Rita Navarro-Horwitz

President & CEO
Rita Navarro-Horwitz is the President and CEO of Better Health Partnership (BHP), a multi-stakeholder, regional health improvement collaborative that aspires to achieve exceptional health value and eradicate health disparities in Northeast Ohio.  Collaborative partners include health care, social services, public health, employers, payers, education, and other sectors  who work together to solve complex health issues in their communities.  Prior to joining BHP in 2011, Ms. Navarro-Horwitz, a graduate of the Ohio State University's School of Nursing,  held leadership positions in ambulatory care, corporate-based health and wellness,  and several health care delivery start-up ventures.  In 2020, BHP launched the Pathways Community HUB for Cuyahoga County - a centralized care coordination model integrated with health systems and community-based organizations, to help at-risk populations address social determinant of health needs.   She currently serves in leadership advisory roles for the Ohio Pathways HUB network, Carmella Rose Health Foundation,  Cuyahoga County’s Health Improvement Partnership, LeadSafe Cleveland and the NEO Community Health Worker expansion collaborative. In 2018, she received recognition in Crain’s Cleveland Business, as one of Northeast Ohio’s most note-able women in health care and is a graduate of Leadership Cleveland’s class of 2019.
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Alexandra Carter

Pathways HUB Coordinator

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Alexandra Carter

Pathways HUB Coordinator

Alexandra's primary responsibilities as Pathways HUB Coordinator will focus on coordinating referrals, enrolling clients and assisting with HUB projects and programs. Prior to joining BHP, Alexandra was an ombudsman at Cleveland Clinic where she handled and resolved complaints and grievances for providers and patients. Earlier in her career, Alexandra was a long-term care ombudsman for residents in nursing homes, group homes, and assisted living facilities.

Alexandra received her bachelor’s degree in Gerontology (study of aging) from Bowling Green State University. Born in Russia and raised near Chagrin Falls, Ohio, she is dedicated to helping our community and ensuring everyone has access to health and social care services. She is passionate about building community within the work environment and the community in which she resides. Outside of work, Alexandra enjoys pickup volleyball and spending time outdoors.

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Kirstin Craciun, MPP, MSW
Director of Health Equity and Stakeholder Engagement
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Kirstin Craciun, MPP, MSW

Director of Health Equity and Stakeholder Engagement
Kirstin leads stakeholder engagement efforts that center health equity at Better Health Partnership. She promotes community and member engagement through the planning and execution of external communications, public relations, convenings, social media, and webinars. In her previous role at Better Health, Kirstin led coordination of Northeast Ohio community health centers' COVID-19 response efforts, ensuring collaboration with public health, payers, hospitals and community partners, including the faith-based community.  

Prior to working at Better Health, Kirstin served as the Director of Community Outreach for The Center for Health Affairs. In this capacity, Kirstin led the Community Health Needs Assessment Roundtable and together with Dr. Heidi Gullett brought the hospital community, public health and other essential stakeholders together to develop Cuyahoga County’s first collaborative Community Health Needs Assessment and explore opportunities for collaboration on addressing CHNA-related strategic health priorities.
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Keith Hagans, MBA

Director, Data Operations

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Keith Hagans, MBA

Director, Data Operations

Keith is responsible for data collection and data security at Better Health, which he joined in 2016 after following 16 years as an engineer in the Information Services department at MetroHealth Medical Center. His expertise in data management ensures secure sharing of quality data that enables transparency through public reporting of clinical care and outcomes. Keith has a bachelor's of science in information technology and an MBA.

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PJ Kimmel, MPH

Project Lead

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PJ Kimmel, MPH

Project Lead

In his Project Lead role, PJ supports cross-sector regional initiatives aimed at improving health and reducing health disparities including the development of a Northeast Ohio Quality Improvement HUB.

Prior to joining Better Health, PJ served as a project manager at Unite Us, a cross-sector collaboration software to meet community needs, where he managed diverse projects to maximize stakeholder value and optimize internal operations. Earlier in his career, he was an analyst at Cleveland Clinic where he developed and executed a change management strategy for an enterprise finance transformation initiative in collaboration with institute, hospital, and shared service teams.

PJ earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Master of Public Health from Kent State University. He is dedicated to operationalizing health equity in the region through inclusive collaboration and reliable service delivery. He is passionate about the built environment of Cleveland, advocating for multi-modal transportation, supporting local businesses, and enjoying our nationally recognized parks and art. He is proudly born, raised, and educated in Ohio.

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Ndidi Edeh-Larberg, MPH, RRT

Director, Research and Evaluation

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Ndidi Edeh-Larberg, MPH, RRT

Director, Research and Evaluation

Ndidi Edeh-Larberg leads Better Health Partnership’s data functions to advance research and evaluation projects to further quality improvement science. She works with Better Health’s staff and partners on data design, management, and analysis to create and build analyses, reports, visualizations, maps, databases, codebases, and other tools. In addition, she supports the analysis, visualization, and presentation of data collected through the Pathways HUB and regional clinical partners.

Prior to joining Better Health Partnership, Ndidi was an Epidemiologist Coordinator at the Summit County Health Department, focusing on Maternal and Child Health. There she worked with the Ohio Equity Institute in managing data around racial disparities in infant mortality. She also has experience in the clinical space as a registered respiratory therapist. Ndidi received her Bachelor's Degree in Science and Respiratory Care, and a Master's Degree in Public Health Epidemiology from the University of Toledo, and is a PhD Candidate in Public Health Epidemiology.

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Jonathan Lever, MPH, NRP
Director, Population Health and Care Management
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Jonathan Lever, MPH, NRP

Director, Population Health and Care Management

Jonathan is the Director, Population Health and Care Management, of the organization's community care coordination services. He spearheaded the start-up of the Better Health Pathways HUB – a centralized, evidence-based care coordination model serving at-risk populations in Cuyahoga County. He currently oversees the HUB's operations and strategic initiatives.

In addition, he manages several projects including the Pediatric Mental/Behavioral Health Committee. He helped implement the evidence-based best practice for hypertension management and Clinic to Community Linkages in the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant from the Centers for Disease Control. He has a Master's of Public Health and a certificate in Evaluation of Public Health Promotion and Health Education programs. He also has a certificate in Project Management and is a nationally registered paramedic.

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Chris Mundorf, MPH, PhD
Chief Strategy Officer
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Chris Mundorf, MPH, PhD

Chief Strategy Officer
Chris leads Better Health Partnership in the development, execution, and communication of strategic initiatives, and leads the collaborative efforts and delivery of data analyses and visualization of regional health information received from our members and partners. Before joining Better Health Partnership, Chris served as epidemiologist for the Portage County Combined General Health District and as an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Hiram College. Chris earned his Master of Public Health degree and Ph.D. from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
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Matt Rosenblum, SPHR

Business and Organizational Development Lead

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Matt Rosenblum, SPHR

Business and Organizational Development Lead

Matt leads business and organizational development improvement efforts to enable greater impact, expansion, and growth of the organization and the Better Health Pathways HUB.

Prior to joining Better Health, Matt spent over 26 years as a Human Resources professional leading, coaching and consulting with individuals and management teams in the healthcare, manufacturing and insurance industries. He most recently served as the Human Resources Manager for a global manufacturing company that has teams in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Sweden.

Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a specialization in Human Resources Management, from The Ohio State University, and is an alumnus of The Ohio State University Marching Band. He attained his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification in 2006 and is also certified as a Myers-Briggs instructor. This, along with deep people development experience, will enable Matt to also assist BHP to bolster its talent, culture and competencies in areas strongly aligned with the organization’s mission and vision.

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Marie Velez, MPA
Pathways HUB Supervisor
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Marie Velez, MPA

Pathways HUB Supervisor
Marie is a dedicated professional with 20 years of experience in Cuyahoga County's human service systems. She is a goal-oriented leader with proven ability to coach and motivate teams and community partners to achieve outcomes. She strives to streamline processes to increase efficiency and improve service delivery. Marie has direct practice experience with children and family services at the Division of Children and Family Services, program management with victims of human trafficking, service coordination supervision with early intervention at Bright Beginnings, and most recently, clinic coordination with Cuyahoga County WIC. Marie received her Bachelor of Art in Social Work at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and her Master of Public Administration from Cleveland State University.
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Sherry Way, BA
Finance Manager
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Sherry Way, BA

Finance Manager

Sherry oversees the fiscal operations of Better Health Partnership and monitors achievement of financial objectives in alignment with the organization’s strategic business plan goals. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Ursuline College, where she majored in accounting.   

Prior to joining Better Health, Sherry worked for the City of Cleveland for four years as a Fiscal Manager. Her professional experience also includes more than 20 years of service with the MetroHealth system in various accounting roles. In her spare time, Sherry enjoys scrapbooking, gardening and planning events.

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Shari Bolen, MD, MPH

Director of Cardiovascular Disease Programs at Better Health Partnership 

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Shari Bolen, MD, MPH

Director of Cardiovascular Disease Programs at Better Health Partnership 

Shari is a practicing general internist, Director of the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) and Director of the Center for Health Care Research and Policy at The MetroHealth System, where she spends much of her time on health services and quality improvement research in cardiovascular risk reduction. Through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – funded Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant, Shari helped establish a deep regional network with our community creating strong ties with members of the Health Improvement Partnership – Cuyahoga. The REACH grant was renewed for a second five-year term, where Shari is the project lead responsible for linking patients with social needs to community resources for health improvement and evaluating program impact. Among Shari's many achievements, she led the modification of an evidence-based hypertension protocol, which was adopted across the region under Better Health Partnership. Success from this work led to the funding of two Ohio Department of Medicaid projects: a statewide cardiovascular health collaborative and a state-wide hypertension and diabetes quality improvement project.
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Aleece Caron, PhD
Senior Practice Consultant, Better Health Partnership Senior Medical Educator, The MetroHealth System
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Aleece Caron, PhD

Senior Practice Consultant, Better Health Partnership Senior Medical Educator, The MetroHealth System
Aleece Caron is Co-Principal Investigator of the Heart Healthy Ohio Initiative (HHOI) and serves as the Co-Lead of the Executive, Codesign, and Implementation Teams. Dr. Caron is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) residing in the Center for Health Care Research and Policy within the Population Health Research Institute at The MetroHealth System. She is also the Co-Director of Education for the Population Health Research Institute and co-directs population health training opportunities for students, residents and fellows. Her primary research and educational interests involve quality improvement, implementation science, and workforce development. She serves as the lead of HRSA funded training grants that train primary care providers, residents, physician assistants (PA), and PA students in medically underserved communities on improving quality of care, health care disparities, systems of care, professional development and mentors practice transformation. Previously, she served as faculty member for The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement. She has co-chaired the AAMC Central Region’s committee on Quality Improvement since 2010 and is the CGEA Section Leader for Continuing Professional Development.
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Chad Garven, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Information Officer
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Chad Garven, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Information Officer
Chad Garven, MD, MPH completed his undergraduate degree at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. He earned a master of public health and his medical degree from Wright State University. Dr. Garven completed his family medicine residency in 2015 at The Medical University of South Carolina and returned home to Cleveland to practice family medicine at Neighborhood Family Practice. In his 6+ years at Neighborhood Family Practice, he has maintained EPIC Provider builder certification working to improve workflows, provider efficiency, and a passion for health care data that shines a light on inequity, access, and clinical outcomes. He has worked in coordination with BHP throughout the COVID-19 pandemic ensuring equitable access to testing and vaccination for thousands of patients on the near west side of Cleveland. He is kept otherwise busy watching all Cleveland sports and spending time with his wife, Bridget and two young children.
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Carol Kaschube
Consultant
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Carol Kaschube

Consultant
Carol Kaschube, retired from her role as Member Relations and Business Manager in August 2022 and remains a consultant with BHP.  She played an integral role in member relations, community outreach and planning, business operations, and execution of Better Health initiatives. She managed both large and small events including Learning Collaboratives, webinars and other community-wide events and meetings. She has been a member of the executive team since the organization's launch in 2007. Carol serves in the elected position of Board Secretary for Better Health Partnership's Board of Directors. Her vast experience in office management and finance ensured excellence in all facets of day-to-day operations.
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Thomas E. Love, PhD

Chief Data Scientist

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Thomas E. Love, PhD

Chief Data Scientist

Dr. Love was the founding Data Director for BHP and developed its processes for data acquisition, aggregation and analysis. He is author of many relevant publications, particularly in the design and analysis of observational and comparative effectiveness studies. Tom has led courses at clinical and statistical meetings on propensity scores, cluster randomized trials and related topics in causal effects. He has won numerous teaching awards and given multiple workshops for the American Statistical Association. Tom is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, an Associate Editor of The American Statistician, and has served as Editor of Health Services Research & Outcomes Methodology. He has chaired and served on panels for the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality.

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Ashwini Sehgal, MD
Climate Change and Health Researcher
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Ashwini Sehgal, MD

Climate Change and Health Researcher
Dr. Ashwini Sehgal is the Duncan Neuhauser Professor of Community Health Improvement, the inaugural Director of Research and Evaluation for the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ and Co-Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also Professor of Medicine, Bioethics, and Population and Quantitative Health Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. In addition, he is a nephrologist at MetroHealth Medical Center. Dr. Sehgal received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics, summa cum laude, from the University of Rochester, and his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sehgal’s research has focused on quality improvement and health disparities. He is the Principal Investigator of a $15 million program project grant funded by the National Institutes of Health to understand and address health disparities related to hypertension and kidney disease in Cleveland. He has published over 125 journal articles. Dr. Sehgal also developed an innovative course on medical activism for which he received a national teaching award from the American Medical Student Association. He was vice-chairman of the Medical Review Board of End Stage Renal Disease Networks 9 and 10, a federally mandated quality oversight organization, and served on a panel to advise the National Institutes of Health on ways to enhance clinical research in the United States. From 2006-2012, he was Co-Medical Director of the City of Cleveland Department of Public Health.

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