Dawn Hawkins Johnson, Executive Vice President at COPE Health Solutions, is a masters-prepared registered nurse with a diverse background in clinical care, health policy and consulting. With more than 20 years of professional health care industry experience spanning both the public and private sectors, Ms. Johnson has worked with multiple federal agencies, state governments, private organizations and vendors. Mrs. Johnson comes to COPE Health Solutions with a background in care management, care coordination, government relations, and health policy and business development. Her focus is on healthcare system transformation that improves the care delivery system for vulnerable populations, improves clinical outcomes and empowers consumers to become more accountable for their healthcare.
Prior to joining COPE Health Solutions, Mrs. Johnson’s private sector leadership roles allowed her to use a clinician’s approach to develop strategies, mitigate risk and collaborate on solutions for payers, providers, vendors and consumers. During her federal tenure she served as a nurse case manager for the Veterans Affairs, and successfully reduced recidivism in her chronically ill populations. At the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Mrs. Johnson served in both the region and central offices, across both Medicaid and Medicare. At the end of her tenure she was responsible for managing the largest pilot program for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries that tested disease management strategies, which included multiple public-private cooperative agreements and partnerships; $350 million in program fees and more than $10 million in support contracts.
Mrs. Johnson earned her BSN and MSN from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, School of Nursing.