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Cristie Upshaw Travis, Chief Executive Officer of the Memphis Business Group on Health, recently was named to the Board of Trustees at Southern College of Optometry (SCO) in Memphis.
CEO of the Memphis Business Group on Health since 1994, Travis earned her Master of Science degree in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Her career includes consulting with continuing care retirement communities, hospitals and physicians with Ernst & Whinney in Memphis, Atlanta, and Washington D.C. She also has served as a vice president for a Washington D.C.-based health care consulting firm.
She has served on several national boards and commissions, including the Board of Governors for the National Business Coalition on Health, where she is immediate past Chair.
Her service has also included chairing the Board of Directors for The Leapfrog Group, and on the NCQA Purchaser Advisory Committee, the National Commission on Prevention Priorities, and the National Transitions of Care Coalition.
Her leadership in Memphis includes being immediate past Chair of the Healthy Memphis Common Table; President of the Community Advisory Board for the University of Memphis Graduate Program in Health Administration; former President of the Board of Volunteer Midsouth; former Vice Chair of Lifeblood; former member of the National Technical Advisory Panel for the Midsouth eHealth Alliance, and a former officer of the Greater Memphis Employee Benefits Council.
She also served as a subcommittee Chair on Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton's Blue Ribbon Panel on the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.
She represents Memphis and employers on several State of Tennessee committees including the Tennessee Health Information Committee, Health Information Partnership-Tennessee, and the State Health Plan Advisory Committee.
Travis is a frequent national speaker on value-based benefit design, community health improvement collaboratives, employer-sponsored quality improvement initiatives, health plan performance measurement and worksite initiatives.
She has recently presented for the Integrated Benefits Institute, National Business Coalition on Health, NCQA, The Leapfrog Group, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), America’s Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ).