Ned Helms, MA, currently serves as Director of the New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice, a position he has held since 2001 when he became its founding director. Mr. Helms provides intellectual and administrative leadership for the Institute by overseeing the continued growth and direction of the Institute, investigating and pursuing the development of research and demonstration projects, and facilitating collaborative linkages with health and health policy organizations throughout New Hampshire and New England. As a part of his role at the Institute he also serves as the staff and project director of the Citizens Health Initiative, a position he has held since The Initiative began in September of 2005.
Mr. Helms has over 30 years of experience in New Hampshire health policy and politics. His experience spans the health policy field and includes, serving as: a Legislative and Administrative Assistant for Health Policy within the U. S. Senate, Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services for New Hampshire, founder and President of a health policy consulting firm (Helms and Company), and Chief Administrative Officer of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Hampshire.
He has a Master of Arts in American Government from the University of New Hampshire.
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