Marianne Udow-Phillips is founding executive director of the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) at the University of Michigan. CHRT is an independent 501(c)(3) impact organization with a mission to advance evidence-based care delivery, improve population health, and expand access to care.
Before coming to CHRT, Marianne served as director of the Michigan Department of Human Services from 2004 to 2007, appointed by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. Marianne came to state service from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), where she served in a number of leadership roles for over 20 years, most recently as senior vice president of Health Care Products and Provider Services, with responsibility for the BCBSM social mission, health policy, data analysis, and care and network management programs for traditional and PPO products. She also served as senior vice president and vice president of plans and operations for Mercy Alternative and Care Choices.
In addition to Marianne’s long-standing commitment to improving the quality and affordability of health care, she is a passionate advocate for improving the lives of the poor with a special emphasis on children, including a focus on early childhood development. She has served on many boards and commissions including for the HighScope Educational Research Foundation, Dialogue Direct, Freedom from Hunger, Early Childhood Investment Corporation, and the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Among others, her current non-profit board involvement includes the Grameen Foundation Board, the University of Michigan Health System Board (chair, compliance), the Arbor Research Collaborative for Health Board, the U-M Depression Center National Advisory Board (chair), the Greater Detroit Area Health Council, and the Michigan Women’s Foundation Emeritus Board.
Marianne has received numerous honors and awards over the years including the Anti-Defamation League’s “Women of Achievement Award,” Crain’s Detroit Business’s top 100 “Most Influential Women Award” in 2002, 2007 and 2016, Wayne State College of Nursing’s “2003 Lifeline Award,” Girl Scouts of Huron Valley Council’s “2006 Women of Distinction Award,” Michigan Business and Professional Association’s “2006 Women & Leadership in the Workplace Award,” Michigan Fatherhood Coalition’s “2007 Child Advocate Award,” Michigan Women’s Foundation’s “2007 Women of Achievement and Courage Award,” and Michigan’s Children’s 2008 “Heroes” award. Ambassador Magazine named her among its “Ambassadors of the Year” in 2011 and Crain’s Detroit Business named her a Woman in Business “Game-Changer” in 2012.
Marianne holds a master’s degree in health services administration from the U-M School of Public Health; she is a lecturer of public health at the U-M School of Public Health and public policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.