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Lead Project Manager, South Region

Tara Hatfield


Tara Hatfield, RN, MHA, CPHQ, serves as a Lead Project Manager for the Indiana Health Equity Alliance (I-HEAL). In this role, she manages one of five regional Field Intervention Teams as part of PHA's work with the Indiana Department of Health to better prepare the state for the next pandemic by improving pandemic response, health equity, and health outcomes in counties considered most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Previously, Tara was the Indiana Clinical Lead and the Network Clinical Lead for the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN), a 32-partner consortium dedicated to guiding 11,500 Midwest-based providers toward value-based care. She also served as Senior Quality Advisor for PHA. Prior to joining the PHA team in May of 2014, Tara worked in a variety of work-flow redesign and quality improvement roles with Indiana’s Quality Improvement Organization and two Midwest-based HITECH Regional Extension Centers. She has assisted in the Meaningful Use attestation, Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) submissions for Indiana providers.

Tara has a specific interest in rural healthcare issues and serves as 2021 president of the Indiana Rural Health Association. Her nursing experience includes more than eight years of clinical experience in critical care, oncology, and nursing management. 

Tara earned a Baccalaureate of Nursing from Indiana University in 2004 and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Southern Indiana in 2017. She is a Certified Professional of Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) through the National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), and a certified Health IT Provider Consultant through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). She also has obtained certifications for Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Coaching, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Daily Improvement, and Strategic Doing facilitation.

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