Erin Dorrien

Daily Record Staff//August 24, 2022

Erin Dorrien

By Daily Record Staff

//August 24, 2022

Erin Dorrien

Vice President, Policy

Maryland Hospital Association

Erin Dorrien focuses on what is best for patients as she advocates for the Maryland Hospital Association and feels especially called to serve those who are historically underserved and disadvantaged.

At the MHA, which serves Maryland’s 60 nonprofit hospitals and health systems, she led a multi-year effort to quantify discharge delays for behavioral health from acute care hospitals, including emergency departments. The first-of-its-kind effort has helped inform policy and advocacy actions that will improve care for behavioral health patients. Now, she is working to find a solution to improve how the health care system works for foster kids and other vulnerable youth.

“Health care only works if it works for the most vulnerable Marylanders,” Dorrien said.

Before joining MHA, Dorrien worked as chief of government relations and special projects for the Maryland Health Care Commission. She was also a policy analyst for the Maryland General Assembly and worked in the office of U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.

She is an active volunteer with Moveable Feast, a nonprofit in Baltimore that aims to improve the health of Marylanders experiencing life-threatening illnesses and food insecurity. The organization prepares and delivers medically tailored meals and offers nutrition education.

“This is a cause I am passionate about as it ultimately will help Baltimore achieve racial, social, and health equity,” she said.

Dorrien earned a master’s in public policy from the University at Albany, SUNY, and a bachelor’s in government, politics, and sociology from the University of Maryland.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Leading Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.


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