Christine Bechtel is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of the National Partnership for Women & Families’ day to day operations and key aspects of its health policy portfolio programs. She was previously Vice President of the eHealth Initiative (eHI), heading the organization’s membership, public policy and government relations initiatives.
Prior to joining eHI, Bechtel worked with American Health Quality Association where she helped Quality Improvement Organizations and professionals improve the quality of health care in communities across America. She also served as Senior Research Advisor at AARP where she conducted public opinion studies and advised AARP’s leadership on public attitudes surrounding national political issues.
Bechtel’s experience also includes community-based quality improvement activities. She was Director of Community Development for Louisiana’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization, where she was responsible for designing, implementing and overseeing innovative projects to improve health care quality for Medicare beneficiaries in Louisiana.
Bechtel also served as a Legislative Associate for United States Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), focusing on legislative issues ranging from women’s health and stem cell research to Medicare and Social Security. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Public Policy from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Masters degree in Political Management from George Washington University in Washington, DC.