Ellen W. Blackwell, MSW

Senior Advisor
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Ellen Blackwell is Senior Advisor at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality. She trained as a geriatric social worker and has an extensive background in in aging and disability services administration. At CMS she works on programs that support improved quality, program efficiency, and person-centered care. She joined the Federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2001. Prior to joining CMS, Ms. Blackwell was a consultant at The Horizon Foundation, a philanthropic organization that promotes local health and wellness. She interned as a graduate student at The Hilltop Institute, a health research center at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and at the Howard County Office on Aging. Ms. Blackwell founded an award-winning local chapter of the Autism Society of America. She received a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Maryland - Baltimore, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

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