BALTIMORE, MD. July 20, 2017— The Aspen Institute announced today their third class of Health Innovator Fellows, including 21 health care leaders from across the country who represent a wide range of health care industries and sectors. Audacious Inquiry (Ai), a health IT and policy company based in Baltimore, Maryland, is pleased to announce that its founder and Managing Partner, Chris Brandt, is among the incoming class.
The Health Innovators Fellowship was created in 2015 to strengthen the leadership of innovators across the US health care ecosystem and to connect, inspire, and challenge them to create new approaches that will improve the health and well-being of all Americans. The fellowship consists of a two-year program that aligns with the Aspen Institute’s commitment to values-based, and action-oriented leadership. The Health Innovator Fellows join more than 2,500 other entrepreneurial leaders from over 50 countries to become members of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN).
“This extraordinary group of leaders reflect the best of passion and commitment in the US health care system,” said Rima Cohen, managing director of the Health Innovators Fellowship. “The Fellows bring a diverse set of life experiences and skills to their work; we’re delighted to be able to give them a platform from which they can address significant system challenges at this critical time in health care.”
From the beginning, it was important to Chris to build a company that works for the greater good. “I am excited for this opportunity to be a part of a network of like-minded people who are driven to improve healthcare,” he said. “AGLN has a great history of challenging fellows to be better leaders and to catalyze positive change. I am enthusiastic for the opportunity to learn and contribute.”
Ai was one of Maryland’s first certified B Corporations and their care coordination technology (ENS®) has impacted the lives of over 22.5 million patients and counting, by contributing to lowered hospital readmission rates and improved patient satisfaction. Over the last 12+ years under Chris’ leadership, Ai has grown to over $17 million in annual revenue (2016), and created jobs for 97 full-time employees. The company has appeared on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the US for six consecutive years and Chris received the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for the Maryland Region in 2014.
The Aspen Institute The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit aspeninstitute.org.