Full Name
Lauren Williams
Job Title
Director, Population Health, MPH
Company
AU Health
Speaker Bio
Lauren Williams, MPH, has been with AU Health, in Augusta, Georgia since April 2016. Ms. Williams is tasked with leading all value-based initiatives for the provider practice plan, which is composed of over 600 faculty members. Lauren is responsible for the operational performance of shared savings arrangements and incentive programs, chronic care management, transitional care management, the Quality Payment Program, Bundled Payment for Care Improvement-Advanced, and Patient-Centered Medical Home accreditation. Ms. Williams was tasked with the growth and oversight of the organization’s telehealth and virtual care program in 2018. This included development of a rural Tele-Emergency Department program, direct to consumer platform, and partnerships for outreach clinics. Ms. Williams is has also partnered with the Medical College of Georgia, Georgia’s state medical school, to develop telehealth curriculum for medical students and residents.

Ms. Williams received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and graduate degree in Masters of Public Health with an emphasis in Health Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg. Lauren came to AU Health from Pioneer Health Services, where she served in a variety of roles from Administrator and Associate Administrator for five plus years. In 2014, Lauren began working for the company’s value-based department, Rural Solutions, as Director of Network Development and Strategic Alignment for their Medicare Shared Savings Accountable Care Organization. In this role, she was responsible for developing and managing partnerships with existing and new partners in the ACO, managing and disseminating all reporting for the financial performance of the ACO, and helped align the strategic vision of improving rural health care in the southeastern United States.

Lauren currently resides in Waynesboro, Georgia, with her husband and fur babies, Brutus and Boomer. Lauren has a passion for healthcare policy and rural healthcare. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, cheering on her Southern Miss Golden Eagles and serving as the Alumni Advisor for Kappa Delta Sorority at Georgia Southern University.
Lauren Williams