Elizabeth Edsall Kromm
Vice President, Population Health and Advancement
Howard County General Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine
As a childhood cancer survivor, Dr. Elizabeth Edsall Kromm has dedicated her life to second chances. She strives to meld public health research and theory with clear, effective practice and application. This approach guided her in co-creating the Healthy Howard Health Plan, a Howard County-based universal health care plan that was developed before the Affordable Care Act.
As Vice President of Population Health and Advancement at Howard County General Hospital, Kromm built programs from scratch to help elderly, Medicare and Medicaid patients reduce their hospital visits in lieu of continuity of care. She launched a Rapid Access Program to provide behavioral health services more quickly to the community. Kromm was able to complete the program in less than eight months, and, to date, over 1,100 patients are linked to care. She is in the process of expanding the Rapid Access Program to the pediatric population.
Kromm also successfully launched StandUpHoCo, an anti-bullying initiative, bringing together recreation and parks, the library system, sports leagues, local businesses, private and parochial schools and government to raise awareness about the public health issue.
She sees her strengths as bringing people together, fostering partnerships and quickly moving from concept to action and outcomes.
“One of Elizabeth’s greatest strength as public health advocate is her ability to work effectively with powerful people and agencies, on the behalf of people who have little or no power,” Dr. Katherine Clegg Smith, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, wrote.