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April Watson

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As the Director of the Practice Transformation Initiative, April Watson provides the strategic leadership, management and overall direction for the program. She is passionate about values-driven work that supports transformational change to improve health, and has a blend of experience in hospital and clinic operations, public health, academia, grant-making, community health programming and global health.

Prior to joining CQC, April led a medical innovations grant-making program for Stanford University’s School of Medicine. She spent seven years working for Sequoia Hospital, part of Dignity Health, and led identification, design and implementation of process redesign efforts across the hospital for improved quality and financial sustainability. She also worked for Palo Alto Medical Foundation facilitating complex improvement projects involving clinic operations and physician leaders.

Earlier in her career, April spent six years working in international development for Freedom from Hunger, including a year and a half based in Oaxaca, Mexico. April earned her Master’s degree in Public Health from U.C. Berkeley and is a Registered Dietitian.