Biography & Expertise
Peggy A. Honoré, DHA is the AmeriHealth Caritas – General Russel Honoré Endowed Professor at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Systems Management, and School of Medicine, Department of Medicine. She is highly regarded as a prominent administrator, researcher, and educator with a unique proven track record of accomplishments in private industry, healthcare, and higher education. She is recognized globally as a leading national authority on financing of public health systems.
Dr. Honore’s research and teaching areas include health finance, policy, quality, and workforce. She created and directs two programs for LSU medical students and residents. The Health Policy Fellowship Program provides LSU medical students the opportunity to participate in health policy research while doing a summer on-site fellowship in Congress or other D.C. based organizations. The Population Health Management Program offers medical students and residents a rotation on location at AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, a Medicaid managed care plan.
Dr. Honoré is also serving as an invited expert to the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region on financing of public health systems. She is a member of the WHO Coalition of Partners for Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Services in Europe. Consultancies in 2016 and 2017 include missions to Ukraine, Denmark, Greece, and Slovenia.
Prior to returning fulltime to LSU in June 2015 she served for 8 years as the Director of the Public Health System, Finance and Quality Program in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In that role she led HHS-wide efforts to develop national concepts and conducted research on quality in the public health system. Her work at HHS on health navigator education led to an invitation to serve as a task force member to the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Office of the U.N. Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030. The task force developed the 2016 report – Closing the Gap – to set guidelines and principles related to lay health workers. Major achievements within her portfolio at HHS include development of the HHS Consensus Statement on Quality in the Public Health System with participation from Directors of every HHS agency, development of the report Priority Areas for Improvement of Quality in Public Health, development of public health quality assessment tools used in clinical and public health settings, and development of materials for academic coursework in public health finance, quality, and health navigation.
Her professional experiences in health care administration and finance include roles as COO/CFO for a group of four clinics in New Orleans, corporate finance for Exxon Company USA and McDonald’s Corporation, Vice President for Finance and Administration at two universities, and Chief Science (Research) Officer and CFO for two state health departments. Leadership roles in both higher education and public health included responsibilities to present before and work with the Governor’s Office and State General Assembly on finance, programmatic, and other policy related issues. In 2006 she testified before and worked with a U. S. Senate HELP subcommittee on the reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act. In that role she conducted research to inform the work of the Senate Committee and provided language for inclusion in the law to support a $50 million appropriation for public health systems research.
Dr. Honoré served from 2012-2015 as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health and for two years (2013-2015) on the ASPPH’s Framing the Future: The Second 100 Years of Education for Public Health Task Force. She serves on the Leadership Team and Community Improvement HUB for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative. In 2006 and 2007 she convened the first national conferences on public health finance and public health systems research with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as adjunct meetings of the Academy Health National Health Policy Conference in Washington DC.
Book chapters authored by Dr. Honoré include topics on health policy, public health quality, and public health finance. She has authored 40 peer reviewed publications in addition to several government reports. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.
Dr. Honoré holds adjunct titles at Tulane University and the Medical University of South Carolina. She was honored with two Teacher of the Year Awards from the University of Southern Mississippi and University of Texas-Tyler. She was also selected as a member of Delta Omega Society for her outstanding accomplishments to the field of public health. In 2014 she received both the American Public Health Association Award for Excellence in Health Administration and the National Medical Association Award for Health Systems Improvements to create standards of health policy, advocacy, and health equity.
Dr. Honoré earned a Doctorate in Health Administration (DHA) with honors (1st in class) from the Medical University of South Carolina and Master of Health Administration (MHA) from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She has an undergraduate degree in Accounting. She is a native of New Orleans and has one daughter, Cindy Crusto, who resides in New Haven, CT.