Catherine Bourassa brings to T. H. Easter Consulting a rich background of consulting and management experience in information technology, program management, health policy and advocacy. A highly adaptable, creative and analytical problem solver, Catherine has a demonstrated record of success implementing processes and driving efficiency as both a team leader and individual contributor.
As the Director of Application Development for RDental.com, Inc., (acquired by WebMD), Catherine managed and supervised a team of developers creating ecommerce website applications including a real-time health insurance verification system, electronic medical records (EMR) and accredited online continuing education courses. Catherine has extensive experience negotiating with, leading and fostering collaboration between coalitions of stakeholders including payors, practitioners, software vendors and industry trade organizations to enhance innovation, product development and marketing strategies.
Catherine has held development and project management positions with Kaiser Permanente Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, where she coordinated implementation of the largest healthcare Y2K desktop remediation and compliance project in the Mid-Atlantic states, including development and administration of budget and staffing needs, records management, data archiving, and database maintenance.
Catherine’s policy experience includes coordinating the National Institutes of Health’s first Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health, commissioned by the Secretary of DHHS. Catherine’s responsibilities included editing, analyzing and reporting on over 60 submissions from experts, academics and thought leaders in the dental and biomedical fields.
An active volunteer and advocate for the Immune Deficiency Association, Catherine lobbies Congress and other officials to pass legislation protecting and improving the lives of those with rare primary immune disorders. She counsels newly diagnosed patients, families and caregivers and raise awareness regarding IDF programs and resources through social media and in-person outreach. Her efforts contributed to the successful passage of the HR 1845 Medicare IVIG Access Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on January 10th, 2013.
Catherine has a Master’s of Health Science Policy from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a B.S. in Health Science, Summa Cum Laude, from Texas Women’s University. She is a trained Dental Hygienist and has served as an Adjunct Professor in Dental Hygiene at her alma mater. A certified mediator, Catherine also currently volunteers with the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Maryland (CRCMC).