Betsy Gilbertson is an ardent patient advocate, registered nurse and community activist.
Gilbertson serves as chief of strategy for UNITE HERE HEALTH, a Taft-Hartley labor management trust fund that provides health benefits with the goal of offering high-quality, affordable healthcare to its participants. She is responsible for guiding selection and implementation of Fund healthcare delivery system interventions and has oversight for national healthcare program development and design. She previously served as the Fund’s president and director of strategic planning and public policy.
Gilbertson founded and co-chaired the Health Services Coalition, a large labor management organization that contracts with hospitals and supports public policy to improve care quality. She has served on National Quality Forum task forces on patient safety and ambulatory care measures and was a board member for the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
A civil rights, anti-war and women’s movement activist, she is committed to social change and is passionate about the RightCare movement to transform healthcare, making it effective, needed, affordable and wanted by patients when they are fully informed.
Gilbertson, who is the author of Women’s Work: The Founding of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, holds a master’s degree in health advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College and a bachelor’s degree in history from Smith College.