Kristine McCoy, MD, MPH
Chair of the Children & Family Health Institute (CFHI) of the VNA of Central Jersey
Kristine McCoy, MD, MPH
Dr. McCoy is the Chair of the Children & Family Health Institute (CFHI) of the VNA of Central Jersey, a 200 person private not‐for profit public health agency that delivers services ranging from pregnancy and early childhood interventions to HIV services to public health nursing for the homeless mentally ill to 50,000 individuals in New Jersey. She simultaneously serves as the Clinical Director for the Greater Newark Health Care Coalition—a regional health hub charged with improving quality and access to healthcare for the residents of the greater Newark, NJ area through population health approaches including a regional health information exchange.
Following degrees from Stanford in Human Biology and an MPH from UCLA, Dr. McCoy’s early career was with the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health—Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion where she served as a policy analyst focusing on cost‐effectiveness analysis and the lead on child and adolescent health issues. She worked alongside the staffs for the US Preventive Services Task Force, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and Healthy People 2000, acquiring critical insight into federal leadership in inclusive health policy.
Dr. McCoy returned to Stanford for her MD and trained in family medicine in Santa Rosa, CA. She has since served as a rural physician and medical director for community health centers in northern New Mexico and was the founding director of the Hawaii Health Systems Primary Care Training Program—starting the Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency and its affiliated training programs for family nurse practitioners, ambulatory care pharmacists and health psychologists, building the Patient Centered Medical Home dream team. She received her DATA 2000 waiver in 2007 and has been an MAT prescriber in each of these practices, finding it integral to the practice of comprehensive primary care. While in Hawaii Dr. McCoy represented the regional state hospital system clinically for development of an island‐wide health information exchange. She also served on the regional AHEC and the Patient Centered Medical Home Committee for the CMS State Innovation Model program.
Dr. McCoy is the co‐PI on the recently awarded CMMI Integrated Care for Kids cooperative agreement and is charged with overseeing its Partnership Council and building the technology to enable data sharing and integrated case management across the 10 domains of core child services that serve the entire Medicaid population of Monmouth and Ocean Counties—approximately 120,000 attributed lives. Among other current projects, Dr. McCoy provides leadership to New Jersey’s first low threshold buprenorphine programs in Asbury Park and Atlantic City, NJ and development of the capacity of the VNA’s FQHC to provide MAT integrated into VNA’s Harm Reduction Center on the same campus. Dr. McCoy previously was simultaneously Executive Director of the VNACJ Community Health Centers, building its integrated behavioral health program and incorporating a family medicine residency program. She remains part of its LGBTQ focused clinical practice, as well as guiding strategic expansions and COVID response.