Chris DeMars

Chris DeMars, MPH, is the director of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Transformation Center and the deputy director of the Delivery Systems Innovation Office, overseeing programs to support innovation and quality improvement within Oregon’s health system reform efforts. Ms. DeMars also plays a lead role in the agency’s value-based payment and social determinants of health work. Before joining OHA in 2013, she spent eight years as a senior program officer at the Northwest Health Foundation, managing the foundation’s health reform grantmaking. Prior to working for the foundation, Ms. DeMars spent six years as a senior health policy analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office, where she authored reports for Congress on Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial payment policy. She has also held positions at Kaiser Permanente Northwest and health-policy consulting firms, including Health Management Associates.