Tara has over a decade of public health and health care experience in developing cross-sector alliances, advocacy, project management, and qualitative and quantitative research.
As Senior Program Manager, Tara oversees the development and management of programs and provides technical assistance to community-based leaders and organizations. Currently her focus is on the development of two Leadership Institutes: (1) Culture of Health Leaders National Program Center funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and (2) a Community Leadership Institute for the City of Baltimore funded by Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States.
Prior to joining CommonHealth ACTION, Ms. Hacker worked for four years at the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) where she served as the Support & Alignment Network Manager for a multimillion dollar grant from the CMS Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative. In the initial phases of this grant she worked with partner organizations to develop trainings for practices nationwide on how to better engage patients, family caregivers and communities on the redesign of health care delivery and payment systems. In addition to this role, Tara served as the PCPCC’s Program Director where she managed hundreds of diverse health stakeholders (providers, patients, payers) and directed education and outreach efforts to unify these groups around the concept of improving delivery and payment systems for primary care and the patient-centered medical home model of care. Ms. Hacker also served as a Health Educator for Peace Corps Honduras; managed public health programs featuring promotores de salud (community health workers) while at the National Council of La Raza, Institute for Hispanic Health; and managed the research, policy analysis and communications for a state health reform proposal developed by the Kansas Health Policy Authority. She received her MSPH from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and BS degrees from Kansas State University. She is based in CommonHealth ACTION’s Washington, DC headquarters.