Hilary Heishman joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2011 and spent her first two years supporting regional health care system transformation through initiatives like Aligning Forces for Quality. A program officer, she works on a variety of topics with special attention to improving and connecting systems that support and enable people to be healthy. She embraces the aspect of her role she describes as “finding synergies within the Foundation and among programs we support.”
Heishman's background in local public health, community health planning, and health care system improvement enable her to take a broad, multifaceted approach to new program development. She is involved in projects related to state health system transformation, businesses and health, community health data systems, communities learning from one another in networks, and health care systems connecting to population health and addressing social determinants of health.
Previously, Heishman was a prevention specialist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While on field assignment, she coordinated the development of a Community Health Improvement Plan in Manchester, N.H. At CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., she supported the Influenza Epidemiology and Prevention Branch during the spread of 2009 H1N1 Influenza. She also worked with CDC’s Healthy Community Design Program to promote and evaluate Health Impact Assessments (HIA) and with CDC’s WHO Collaborating Center for Reproductive Health to improve birth outcomes in hospitals in Kabul, Afghanistan.
She has been involved with public health work or research at the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, the Washington State Department of Health’s Public Health Improvement Partnership, and the University of Washington Child Health Institute. Heishman served in the Peace Corps in Ghana, where she taught biology and coordinated HIV/AIDS prevention programs.
Heishman received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Health in Community Oriented Public Health Practice from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Born in West Virginia, she now resides in Princeton. She enjoys good conversation, good writing, and good food, and is eager to share all three.