2009-08-06 / News

Ferguson named to Blue Cross board of directors

Christine C. Ferguson of Jamestown has been elected to the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island board of directors.

Ferguson is currently a research professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Washington, D.C., where she has taught since 2006.

Ferguson was previously counsel and deputy chief of staff to the late R.I. Senator John H. Chafee, where she led efforts to reform national health and social policy, with a special focus on health services to medically underserved populations. She then moved on to become director of the R.I. Department of Human Services, where she oversaw nearly one-third of the state’s annual budget. Her work in Medicaid reform, early childhood education, child care and child welfare reform was nationally recognized.

Ferguson also served as commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she led efforts in the areas of emergency preparedness, substance abuse services, medical errors reduction, and early childhood education and child care. As an advocate for children’s health, she founded First Focus, a bipartisan children’s advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., where she was chief executive officer.

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Washington College of Law at American University. Ferguson also serves as a member of the board of Children, Youth and Families of the National Academy of Sciences and has served in a leadership capacity at the National Academy for State Health Policy and other organizations.

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