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Insights in Seniors Housing & Care

Dianne Munevar

Dianne Munevar

Dianne is the vice president of Health Care Strategy at NORC. In her role, she works to leverage the depth and breadth of NORC’s diverse social sciences expertise and research assets to help health care clients meet their business objectives. Dianne also leads NORC Labs—NORC’s innovation hub which supports NORC staff as they incubate ideas that align with the organization’s mission to produce quality research and insights, designed to make NORC smarter, better, and faster at responding to emerging client needs. As vice president, Dianne drives business development strategy and oversees client engagements. With over 17 years of experience working with a diverse range of health care entities, including private and government payers, providers, trade associations, life science companies, foundations, and nonprofits, she has tackled some of the most challenging policy and strategy issues. Dianne combines her subject matter expertise and analytical skills with storytelling and evidence translation to support sound public policy and business strategy. She specializes in maternal health, social determinants of health, health disparities, post-acute care, seniors housing, and end-of-life care. Recent projects of interest include an analysis to estimate the value of hospice care in Medicare, examining disparities in maternal health in Medicaid, and survey research to gain a national perspective of consumers’ and physicians’ trust in the U.S. health care system, with a special focus on the impact that COVID-19 and discrimination has on the relationships between patients and their providers. Dianne was the Director of Innovation at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, where she developed programs to improve health outcomes for members with various conditions, such as diabetes and behavioral health issues. In that role, Dianne led the Care Management Accelerator, collaborating with Blues Plans to scale new programs and technologies. Before BCBSA, she worked as Director of Data Analytics at Avalere Health supporting health care organizations across the spectrum, and as a health services researcher at RTI, focusing on post-acute and long-term care issues. Dianne has an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA from Colgate University.

Ideas and Discussion  |  NIC MAP Vision  |  Senior Housing  |  healthcare

Would you Rather Solve Senior Housing or Health Care for Older Adults?

By: Dianne Munevar  |  November 28, 2023

Well, what if you didn't have to choose? For 40 years and counting, senior housing owners and operators have prepared for and responded to the housing needs of aging adults. This market, which includes assisted living and independent living as well as memory care and nursing homes, has seen immense growth. But two problems remain: affordability and integration with comprehensive health services. These issues will persist for future generations if we don’t start solving them today—to allow our grandparents, parents, and eventually ourselves to live in the settings we choose with the appropriate set of health care services we need to age with dignity.