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Torrie Fields, MPH

Torrie Fields, MPH
Senior Program Manager, Palliative Care, Blue Shield of California

Torrie leads the development and implementation of programs and processes at Blue Shield of California and Care1st Health Plan that work to improve the quality of life for individuals with serious or life limiting illness and their families.

In addition to her work with Blue Shield of California, Torrie has most recently worked as the program director for palliative care at Cambia Health Solutions and as a consultant for health plans, purchasers, and educational institutions to assist them in understanding the impact of palliative care on the medical system. Torrie led the development of highly successful palliative care initiatives including benefit design, case management, caregiver support, medical home development, and policy and engagement efforts. Prior to joining Blue Shield, Torrie worked as an applied health services researcher in a variety of settings, including health plans, health delivery systems, local, state, and federal health departments, and in university research laboratories. She has extensive experience in health policy development and implementation, focusing on translating evidence-based research into legislative concepts for community coalitions. She began her health plan career working as a consulting research analyst, providing health services research and program evaluation expertise. She provides consultation and expertise in managing analytics for implementation, expansion, and evaluation of medical management programs.

She is active in the community realm as well, having spent more than 15 years facilitating grief and bereavement groups at local hospitals, developing training materials for death and dying courses and facilitators of youth survivors of suicide. In addition, Torrie is a policy contributor to the American Public Health Association, the National Foundation on Reproductive Health, and serves as Board Director and Membership Committee chair for the Oregon Public Health Association.

Torrie holds a Master’s in Public Health in health management and policy from Portland State University, a Certificate in Gerontology from Portland Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Portland State University, and a bachelor of arts degree in communication theory from University of California, San Diego. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, surfing, cycling, and is constantly in search of the perfect culinary experience.