Ginelle Jurlano, MHA graduated from Duquesne University from the Health Management Systems program in 2008. She received her Masters of Health Administration from the University of Maryland School of Public Health in 2010 where she also worked as Graduate Assistant. Throughout her years in school she participated in many internships and fellowships at UPMC, MedStar Health and Adventist Healthcare.
After graduate school, she entered the work force as an Analyst in Product Development at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). As an Analyst, she assisted in the development of standards and guidelines to evaluate the structures and processes of healthcare organizations such as Health Plans, Accountable Care Organizations, Patient Centered Medical Homes and Case Management Organizations.
Ginelle is currently an Accreditation Manager at NCQA where she evaluates Health Plans and other health care organizations to ensure that they are providing the best quality of care. She is also a former board member of the DC Society of Health Policy Young Professionals and President of the UMD School of Public Health Alumni Association.
"My parents are nurses, so I always knew that I wanted to be in healthcare. I started at Duquesne as a pre-med biochemistry major, but quickly realized that the clinical side was not for me. I chose Health Management systems because it combined my interests in healthcare, leadership, business and IT. I knew that by pursuing a degree in HMS, I could still make an impact on healthcare on a macro level from the administrative policy side instead of at an individual level on the clinical side. In the HMS program, I discovered my passion for Quality Improvement in health care. In fact, it was in my Quality Improvement class that I was introduced to the company I currently work for, the National Committee for Quality Assurance or NCQA. In class, I learned that their mission was ‘to improve the quality of healthcare'. I began to dream about what it would be like to work for a nationally recognized organization that worked daily to transform health care delivery. Now here I am, working every day in pursuit of that mission. I am so grateful for the opportunities that my education as a student in HMS at Duquesne gave me."