Dr. Janet Lee Scott-Harris

(Health Fellows & Scholars)
Sr.Director, Quality, Performance Improvement, Disease Management, Population Health
United HealthCare, OptumHealth
Dallas, Texas
United States

Focus Areas

Community & Civic Engagement
Community & Civic Engagement
Political Science
Public Sector / Government
Economic Security
Community Development
Rural Development
Policy & Education
Public Health & Safety
Racial Equity & Healing
African-American / Black Communities
Asian-American & PI Communities
Indigenous Communities
Latino / Hispanic Communities
Racial Equity & Healing
Social Justice
Gender Issues
Immigration & Border Issues
Religion / Faith / Spirituality


Janet L. Scott-Harris is Senior Director, Clinical Integration in Population Health at Children's Medical Center, Dallas Texas where she oversees staff and clinical quality, performance improvement and disease management. Dr. Scott-Harris operationalizes multiple priorities to deliver results, on time, within budget. She effectively uses analytical tools, quantitative and qualitative methods to drive solutions, manage costs, increase efficiencies, improve quality, integrate clinical pathways, satisfaction and care delivery. Jan is a Senior Health Policy Analyst and Nurse Executive with highly developed political acumen. A strategic thinker, tactical implementer who drives solutions and resolves problems. Jan leads high performing teams to build consensus, leverage relationships and align operations and resources for continuous improvement. She is skilled at aiding and influencing policy makers and corporate opinion leaders in partnering with and adding value to sustainable initiatives that improve results. Former positions include Director, Clinical Operations, United Healthcare; Director, Health Systems Improvement for Parkland Health and Hospital System (Parkland#; Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School #UTSW#; National Vice President for Cultural Health Initiatives, American Heart Association #AHA). Jan served sixteen years as Public Health Advisor in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health for the US Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Scott-Harris earned her Ph.D. in Social Policy concentrating on Health Policy Research from Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. She is a W. K. Kellogg Health Disparities Fellow and National Medical Fellow, Health Policy Research. She is a Registered Nurse and holds Masters Degrees in both Business Management and Social Policy and Management concentrating in Healthcare Management. She conducted research at Brown University, taught at Tufts University, and other colleges and universities in New England and Ohio. Jan is the recipient of professional and community awards. She volunteers on local and community boards and committees.