Patricia Montoya, RN, Vice Chair
Patricia Montoya is the executive director of the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value and serves as the government relations director for HealthInsight New Mexico. The Coalition for Healthcare Value is a newly formed, not-for-profit organization that is an employer-led, multi-stakeholder organization focused on healthcare value and is a transition organization from the Robert Wood Johnson Aligning Forces for Quality Initiative.
Prior to joining HealthInsight New Mexico, Pat held political appointments under President Bill Clinton within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These appointments included commissioner for Children, Youth and Families administration and as U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' regional director in Dallas, Texas. More recently, she served as secretary of health for the State of New Mexico, under Governor Bill Richardson. As cabinet secretary, Ms. Montoya helped complete the State's first comprehensive health plan, improve immunization rates, and improve the department's accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness. Her career has focused on improving the healthcare system through innovation and transformation, improving health outcomes for everyone with attention to vulnerable and under-served populations, health professional recruitment/retention, driving the value proposition in healthcare (Triple Aim), leading healthcare payment reform efforts, and health policy.
She is a graduate of the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government State Health Leadership Initiative. She currently serves on the Catholic Health Initiatives Board of Stewardship Trustees Quality and Safety Committee, the Presbyterian Central New Mexico Community Board of Trustees, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows National Advisory Committee.
She is a native New Mexican, registered nurse and graduate of the University of New Mexico with a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's degree in public administration and health administration.