Executive DirectorPartnership for Quality Care
Phyllis Silver currently serves as the Executive Director of the Partnership for Quality Care (PQC), a labor/management coalition of health care providers and SEIU health care workers. Prior to joining PQC, Ms. Silver spent 36 years in public service in the Executive branches of both Massachusetts and New York State. She served as the Deputy Director of the NYS Office of Public Health where she led New York’s public health programs, overseeing vital activities including: the State’s clinical and environmental laboratories; New York’s AIDS programs; regulation of environmental contamination in air, water, and food; disease control and emergency preparedness/response activities. She led community organizing to combat the 1990 NYC measles epidemic, initiated enrollment of the Medicaid population into managed care plans, and oversaw vaccine distribution for the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic in addition to daily public health statewide operations.
Throughout her career, Phyllis has focused on enhancing the lives and health of underserved and neglected populations. In 2013 she authored a report about health care for children placed in foster care that has served as the template for the redesign of healthcare services for New York’s foster care children and youth.
Phyllis graduated from George Washington University and spent her early career as a speech pathologist with a Master’s degree from Northeastern University.