Eric Harkness

40 under 40 class of

Director, Office of Health Policy

Tennessee Department of Health Request speaker or expertise

BOLD SOLUTION: Eric facilitated the development of a population health framework that engages traditionally non-health-minded entities, leading them to see the benefits of incorporating health into their thinking and decisions. His department is supporting and broadening the appeal of county health coalitions, putting them in the driver seat to address local determinants of health and improve livability. In turn, the department will gain insight from the priorities and interventions selected at the local level, enabling the Tennessee Department of Health to better align resources in support of local priorities.

While others are fast at work re-imagining healthcare reimbursement, any new payment model will fall short without the knowledge of how to build sturdy bridges through diplomacy across multiple sectors. I believe the work I’m doing now is a great proving ground to contribute to such a model.