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Kathleen Thies, PhD, RN | Weitzman Institute

Kathleen Thies, PhD, RN

Kathleen Thies, PhD, RN

Dr. Thies has worked with Community Health Center, Inc. in Middletown, CT since January 2014 on several projects. She directed the implementation and evaluation of the roll out of nurse-driven care coordination across all 12 clinical sites in the agency. As part of that initiative, she helped to develop the curriculum for nursing staff on care coordination and the health information technologies that lend decision support to the nurses, and is responsible for evaluation of the care coordination project in partnership with the Yale School of Public Health. She is currently working on the Project ECHO for LGBT, in which CHC is a partner with the National Association of Community Health Centers, the CDC, and Fenway Health in Boston. Dr. Thies has also done grant writing for CHC. She came to CHC from the Elliot Health System in Manchester, NH, where she established the role of Senior Nurse Researcher, working with staff to track nursing quality indicators, implement and evaluate evidence-based practice, develop research and quality improvement projects, write grants, and submit abstracts for conferences. She wrote and received three grants while working there, two of which were on the coordination of care for women with perinatal mood disorders. Prior to this work, she spent most of her career in academia. She was a tenured associate professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Colby-Sawyer College in NH, and was the founding director of the Graduate Entry Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Graduate School of Nursing. She currently is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Nursing at the University of New Hampshire, where she has taught a graduate course on population health, and a doctoral course on quality improvement. Dr. Thies has worked with John Snow, Inc. to develop and evaluate the implementation of SBIRT screening for adolescents across the state of New Hampshire, and to develop and present a quality improvement curriculum for more than 80 Maternal Child Health Bureau Healthy Start grantees nationwide. She received training as a coach in Clinical Microsystems approach to quality improvement, offered by The Dartmouth Institute (TDI) for Healthcare Policy and Clinical Practice. She worked with TDI faculty to develop and present training for nursing faculty nationwide in Clinical Microsystems and quality improvement. Dr. Thies is a developmental psychologist, and has authored three books in that field. The keystone of her clinical and academic work is the systems thinking that is inherent in developmental psychology, and which has recently become more valued in health care. She is a seasoned health care professional, equally at home in academic and clinical settings.