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Maria Levis

“There’s so much darkness in the world, I do whatever I can to be a light.” This is the guiding mantra of Maria Fernanda Levis, founder, CEO, and Health ImpACTivista at ImpACTivo, LLC. Named one of the Top 100 Healthcare Leaders by the International Federation for the Advancement of Healthcare, Maria has worked at the intersection of health and social innovation for almost 25 years. In 2010, she launched a Puerto Rico-based company as an impact-driven health IT and evidence-based consultancy committed to amplifying patient voices and creating pathways that transform health systems to address and personalize population’s needs. “We bring people back to what’s most important—their health,” she explains. To this end, the ImpACTivo team develops and deploys innovative community and patient-centered solutions through data, training, technical assistance, and technology. To date, they’ve worked with over 4,000 health professionals, dozens of health centers, and hospitals in medically underserved communities on patient-centered care models, virtual care, quality improvement, burnout prevention, behavioral health integration, sustainability, and other initiatives.

As the 2021 Best Health System Transformation Consultancy, Impactivo has accessed over $150 million in federal funding to provide community services and develop proprietary methodologies for achieving improved patient outcomes. Maria and her team of “ImpACTivistas” are currently working on the development of a technology-enabled, personalized roadmap that enhances team-based, patient-centered primary care for low-income patients in the U.S. Funded through the National Science Foundation, the project recently received a USPTO patent and has launched a beta version that is out to market. In 2001, Maria led a team that developed the first homeless management information system to deploy health, housing, and social services for this population. Two decades later, she remains ever driven by an unwavering conviction that everyone deserves the resources that enable a healthy life—a clear testament to a career dedicated to health equity for all. And for an untold number of people, she’s delivering.

Maria holds a master’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University, a Data Science Certification from Johns Hopkins University, is a NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert, and a Certified Fundraiser Executive. She’s a fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health, and an author for Health Affairs, the American Public Health Association, and the Harvard Medical School Primary Care Blog.

Maria Levis

Founder, CEO & Health Impactivista — Impactivo, LLC