Everette James, JD, MBA, serves as Director of Pitt’s Health Policy Institute (HPI) and manages its day to day operations, working closely with government, foundation and business funders to support the Institute’s research and programs. He is also Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Policy and Planning, Schools of the Health Sciences, and M. Allen Pond Professor of Health Policy and Management, Graduate School of Public Health. Before joining Pitt, he served as the 25th Pennsylvania Secretary of Health and oversaw the regulation of all of the hospitals, nursing homes and managed care plans in the Commonwealth. He was responsible for managing the Department of Health’s 1700 employees and nearly $1b annual budget, and chaired and served on many statewide boards and commissions including the Pennsylvania Health Policy Board, Health Research Advisory Committee and Health Care Cost Containment Council.
Everette was co-Principal Investigator of The Caregiver Project - a two year study with the Pitt Health Policy Institute, the University Center for Social and Urban Research, and RAND. The study identified significant risk factors for caregivers, systematically surveyed caregivers and care recipients in the Western Pennsylvania region, and investigated implementation of the CARE Act at local hospitals. The goal of the project is to make Western Pennsylvania a model for nationwide culture of caregiving. Everette led and authored landmark HPI report Addressing the Health Needs of an Aging America: New Opportunities for Evidence-Based Policy Solutions. Published in September 2015, this report found that current policy efforts at the state and federal levels fail to address health and economic risks that caregivers experience, and recommended a set of policy solutions. In April 2016, he authored a second report titled Addressing the Needs of Caregivers at Risk: A New Policy Strategy. The report identified policy levers to support family caregivers by reducing economic hardship and increasing services and employment flexibility. His 2016 article in Health Affairs - Embracing the Role of Family Caregivers in the US Health System provided a roadmap for federal long-term care reform efforts.