Jessica Brook’s willingness to do what it takes – to do the right thing – enables her to focus unapologetically on the mission at hand. Currently, her mission is to drive positive change in the health sector, an industry that she has had an innate connection with her entire life.
As the chief executive officer and executive director for the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health (PBGH), Brooks leverages education, advocacy and partnerships to best serve their business members and their greater communities. Every day, they tackle challenges head-on to improve employee health, reduce employer health care costs, and secure a brighter future for health care.
Investigating shortfalls within the health benefits ecosystem has led Brooks to recognize the enormous potential in employer collaboration to make large-scale decisions and ultimately transform the reality of health care. This potential is why she values deliberate, intentional and empathetic relationships on both a local and national level. These relationships support her proactive efforts to address the impacts of accelerated consolidation and heightened competition in the health sector.
PBGH is a case study and benchmark for coalitions across the country. With a business model that allows others to leverage PBGH’s innovative infrastructure, they strive to be a resource for other coalitions as health care continues to evolve.