NACDS' Carol Kelly joins Society of Women's Health Research board


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Carol Kelly has joined the Society for Women’s Health Research board of directors.

Kelly is an expert in healthcare policy with a distinguished career in senior government positions, corporate leadership roles and as a senior executive in several healthcare associations. Her three-year term begins April 2.

Kelly was named by NACDS to the newly created position of SVP government affairs and public policy in January 2008. At NACDS, she has worked to increase the effectiveness and profile of their federal and state legislative and regulatory activities.

Prior to joining NACDS, Kelly served as senior executive adviser of external affairs to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt. In this role, she was a key steward of priority issues, including health insurance access, value-driven health care and health information technology. She served as the main HHS liaison to the White House Office of Public Liaison and to the Partnership for Value-driven Health Care, an employer healthcare reform coalition.

Before joining the Office of the Secretary, Kelly served for two years as the Director of the Office of Policy for HHS’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Previously, Kelly was EVP for federal legislative policy and healthcare system reform at the Advanced Medical Technology Association, or AdvaMed. She also has served in senior executive roles at other healthcare associations.

Prior to these positions, Kelly served at the Health Care Finance Administration, which was the predecessor to CMS, as acting associate administrator for policy and director of the Office of Legislation and Policy.

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