John Tschida has spent the last 15 years using data and research to drive policy change. He comes to NIDRR from Allina Health in Minnesota, where he served as director of public policy and innovation. In this role, he was developing integrated health delivery systems and financing models for people with disabilities. Allina Health recently merged with Courage Center, Minnesota’s leading nonprofit rehabilitation service provider, where for 14 years Tschida led a public policy and research team that focused on defining and achieving better outcomes for complex populations. His team received one of the first Health Care Innovation Awards distributed by CMMI at CMS. Prior to joining Courage Center, Tschida served as a research fellow at the National Rehabilitation Hospital Center for Health and Disability Research. Earlier in his career, he served as assistant director of the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Office. A graduate of Macalester College, Tschida holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and a Health Services Research certificate from Georgetown University.