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Arianne Graham | Healthworx

graham-arianne-healthworxHealthworx, the corporate development and innovation arm of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, appointed Arianne Graham as its new director of innovation.

Graham, who joined the company Sept. 28, brings nearly 20 years of health care experience to this role. This new role establishes an important milestone for CareFirst and Healthworx as they look to use innovation to drive necessary changes in the healthcare industry, ultimately making quality healthcare more accessible and affordable to the communities they serve.

Before joining CareFirst, Graham co-founded Samara Collective, a strategic media and communications agency, where she remains an advisor to connect communities with grassroots activism movements.

As Director of Innovation at Healthworx, Graham will serve as a leader to a growing team dedicated to creating innovating strategies that will help to change and improve current healthcare models. As part of the Healthworx team, Graham will be well positioned to push forward innovation strategies that will shape the CareFirst business. Graham’s team will challenge the status quo and push to anticipate member needs, provide members with positive experiences, increase access to care, improve quality of care, and reduce overall costs.

An experienced entrepreneur in healthcare and innovation, Graham is adept at understanding and integrating multiple stakeholder perspectives. She has an extensive portfolio that illustrates her experience working with non-profit health innovation organizations. She co-founded Not One More Life Inc., a nonprofit that focuses on health partnerships and education in the inner-city of Atlanta. She has previously served as interim head of program innovations at March of Dimes and was vice president of business development and strategic growth at Peer Health Exchange. Additionally, Graham has held leadership positions at Quartet Health, Kyruus, patientslikeme, Novartis, Genentech and Navigant.

Graham received a master’s degree in business administration and general management from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.

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