Pamela S. Dickson, MBA, associate vice president for the Health Care Group, views the Foundation’s role as “making change rather than making grants” and using its unique vantage point to leverage resources that can improve health and health care nationwide. She praises its focus on developing new strategies and partnerships to meet targeted health care challenges. Previously the team leader for RWJF’s Disparities and Coverage teams, Dickson’s program activities have focused on increasing access and quality of care for all Americans, with a particular emphasis on reducing racial and ethnic disparities. She believes the Foundation can be a catalyst for “making connections between forces, people and groups in a way that no other sector can do.”
Before joining the Foundation in 1997, Dickson held several senior positions in New Jersey state government. In one of these roles, she served as assistant commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health, supervising the state’s all-payer hospital rate-setting system and the health planning program. She describes the process of implementing the rate-payer initiative as an exciting challenge in containing hospital costs while increasing access to care and providing incentives for efficiency to the state’s hospitals. As director of health care reform initiatives, she worked closely with the governor’s office, the Department of Health, the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Insurance to implement New Jersey’s 1993 Health Care and Insurance Reform Legislation.
Dickson has held positions as a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Health Data Organizations and of the Access for the Uninsured Steering Committee of the National Academy for State Health Policy.
She earned an MBA in health care administration from the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia and a BS in education from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. She and her husband, Don, a retired educator who works with a homeless project in Philadelphia, live in West Windsor, N.J. They have two adult children.