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Kai Tao

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Kai Tao, ND, MPH, CNM
Deputy Commissioner – Chief Program Officer, Chicago Department of Public Health

Kai is a women’s health provider with experience in health policy, programs and clinical operations. Her clinical experience includes opening a birth center for underserved women in Arizona to starting affordable male reproductive health services, such as vasectomies. For the last 15 years, she has been practicing as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) with a large FQHC and academic center providing full scope intra-partum care . Her experience includes overseeing 17 reproductive health centers statewide including the Quality Assurance Department and opening a high complexity in-house laboratory. In 2013, under Governor Quinn she served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Director at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. She co-created the Illinois Family Planning Action Plan- a multipronged approach to expanding contraceptive access via payment reform. She served on the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecologist’s (ACOG) Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee from 2010-2015 and continues to serve as an ACOG CNM surveyor for the Voluntary Review of Quality of Care (VRQC) program. Prior to embarking on a Statewide Illinois Contraceptive Access Initiative which evolved from her start up, Juno4Me, Kai was the Chief Program Officer for the Chicago Department of Public Health overseeing the Maternal, Infant, Child and Adolescent Health Bureau and STI/HIV Bureau. Kai participates in multiple perinatal health committees and is a voting member for the Illinois Medicaid Advisory Council. In her newfound covid-time, she helps with clinical protocols related to Covid-19 collection and mass testing. Kai received her Master of Science and Doctor of Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and her Master of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health.