Christina Newport serves as the Associate Director of the U.S. Program. She oversees the program's Mental Health Initiative (MHI) to expand efforts in the U.S. to improve access to care and medicine in the behavioral health care safety net. She is also responsible for leading and managing AmeriCares Chronic Disease Care Program (CDCP) with grant support provided by the GE Foundation. The CDCP is designed to build capacity in free and charitable clinics to effectively manage chronic disease (prediabetes and resistant hypertension), improve the quality of care and enhance patient outcomes through the implementation of evidence-based interventions. Christina collaborates closely with the U.S. Programs team to grow the safety net partnership network throughout the country, as well as assist with emergency response efforts as needed.
Christina has over 12 years experience in public health, with a background in program development, project management and evaluation, quality and performance improvement and providing technical assistance to health care providers on chronic disease management and prevention strategies. Prior to joining AmeriCares, Christina worked as a quality improvement specialist at a national nonprofit organiztion. Here, she facilitated quality improvement, practice transformation and systems strengthening coaching to a caseload of primary care practices and community mental health centers based on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI's) Triple Aim and the patient-centered
edical home/health home models.
Christina also previously worked as a Program Manager for the TeenScreen National Center for Mental Health Checkups at Columbia University, in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, whose mental health screening and suicide prevention programs operated in thousands of medical offices, schools and hospitals across the U.S. and in 10 foreign countries. Christina received her undergraduate degree in psychology and communication studies from Towson University.