Jennifer S. Wortham, Dr. PH
Jennifer Wortham, Dr.PH, is the Executive Director for the Initiative on Health, Religion, and Spirituality at Harvard University and a Research Associate at the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. She earned her doctorate in public health at the UCLA, Fielding School of Public Health. She served as an executive and consultant for several leading healthcare organizations in the public and private sectors, including Kaiser Permanente, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Scripps Health, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Riverside University Health System, and Ventura County Health Care Agency. Her areas of focus include strategic planning, lean enterprise transformation, population health, and managed Medicaid. She served on several boards, including Facey Medical Foundation and the Coachella Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and as an elected, Director for the Desert Health Care District. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black-belt with extensive experience deploying Lean programs at leading health care institutions. She teaches a graduate-level course in quality improvement methods at UCLA and has conducted numerous workshops in Lean Enterprise Transformation and strategy deployment. In 2019, she authored a memoir on clergy sexual abuse titled A Letter to the Pope, The Keeper of the Nest, published by New Insights Press. She serves as an advisory member of the Spirit Fire Board and on the Survivor Advisory Panel for Working Group I of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and Vulnerable Adults. She is Chair of the April 8th Global Collaborative to establish an annual day of observance to prevent and heal child sexual abuse, and she is the Chair of the 2021, International, Interfaith, Interdisciplinary Symposium on Faith, and Flourishing for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse.