Michelle Johnston-Fleece joined the Cancer Support Community’s Cancer Policy Institute in March, 2013 as Director, Policy and Advocacy. In that role she oversees policy and advocacy activities at the federal level and in coordination with CSC’s local affiliates across the United States.
Prior to joining CSC, Michelle served as Patient Experience Manager at Einstein Healthcare Network, where she led the patient advocacy and patient experience improvement efforts for a large, urban, safety net healthcare system. Before that, Michelle was the Senior Policy and Research Analyst at the American Board of Internal Medicine and ABIM Foundation, where she was responsible for providing research, policy analysis, writing and project management for numerous ABIM and ABIM Foundation initiatives, with particular interest in issues surrounding chronic illness, palliative care and patient and family engagement in healthcare. During her time at ABIM and ABIM Foundation, Michelle led the organizations’ efforts to engage patients, caregivers and consumers into program development and multi-stakeholder convening meetings.
Michelle has advocated for high quality medical care and psychosocial support for cancer survivors for nearly a decade. During this time, she has served on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, volunteered at Cancer Support Community Philadelphia, has served on Novartis Oncology’s External Patient Workgroup and has written numerous “Caregiving with Confidence” columns for Cancer Today magazine, a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research.
Michelle holds a Master of Public Health degree with a focus in health systems and policy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) School of Public Health and received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and media studies from New York University.
Michelle’s email is Michelle@cancersupportcommunity.org