Emilee Coulter-Thompson, LMSW

Department Strategist

212 Victor Vaughan Building

734-615-5531; Twitter: @Emilee_CT


Emilee Coulter-Thompson is the Department Strategist for the University of Michigan Medical School’s Department of Learning Health Sciences.

In this role, she advises on strategy and health policy and manages communications toward the aim of improving health and health systems. She also convenes a Learning Health System Learning Community for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties and is lead project manager for the population project of M-RISE, Michigan Resuscitation Innovation and Science Enterprise. Emilee previously served as deputy to the director of the Transformation Center, Oregon state government’s hub of innovation and learning for health system transformation. With the State of Oregon from 2006-2016, she worked to improve the public’s health and accelerate innovative systems change in various areas, including women’s health, family planning, HIV, and performance management. Emilee has trained multidisciplinary providers and advocated for survivors of sexual and domestic violence with community-based organizations in Ohio, Michigan and Oregon. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Social Work and a student in the Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH) Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Emilee enjoys yoga, dancing, writing and spending time with her partner and two young children.

Areas of Interest

Areas of responsibility:  strategic planning, program development, development and fundraising, knowledge and information management, marketing and communications for all aspects of the department

Research and scholarly interests: health system transformation, health policy, leadership, organizational change, community organizing, health equity, public health, women’s health, LGBTQIA health, intersections of early learning and health, violence prevention, trauma-informed care and systems change, performance management

Subject-matter expertise: health policy, program development, project management, multi-sector collaboration, systems change, health equity, collaborative learning, leadership development, design and implementation of educational programs and curricula, strategic planning, facilitation, communications, writing and editing, yoga instruction, public service

Other professional highlights:

  • Ten years of public health experience with the State of Oregon, most recently as deputy to the director of the Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center, a hub of innovation and learning to promote health system transformation
  • Twenty years of experience developing innovative curricula and delivering training and technical assistance with multidisciplinary professionals in diverse settings
  • Spearheaded the design and implementation of customized health equity technical assistance for Oregon Medicaid Coordinated Care Organizations to improve local health equity metrics and strategic plans.
  • Designed and managed a leadership development program for multidisciplinary clinicians, the Oregon Clinical Innovation Fellowship

Published Articles or Reviews

  • Stock, R., Coulter-Thompson, E., Johnson, L., & Saulino, E. (2017). Emerging models to prepare the workforce for health system change. In Health reform policy to practice: Oregon's path to a sustainable health system (1st ed.). Elsevier.
  • Guide for Transformative Prevention Programming: Sexual Violence and Individuals who Identify as LGBTQ. (2012). National Sexual Violence Resource Center. (contributor)
  • Thompson, E.  (2001). “Service providers’ and Catholic clergy’s views on partner violence.” Journal of Religion and Abuse, Vol. 3 (1/2), pp. 71-91. (Cross-national comparison of Luxembourg and the U.S.)