Karin Jay, MA

Senior Vice President, Planetree International 
Chicago, USA  

Karin Jay joined Planetree in June 2011, where she is working to expand the network of Planetree Affiliates internationally, and provide consultation to key stakeholders on the implementation of Planetree’s relationship-centered model of care and international certification criteria.

Prior to joining Planetree, Karin spent 22+ years working in the accreditation and international quality/patient safety arena with The Joint Commission and Joint Commission International (JCI).  During her tenure there, Karin helped expand the footprint of JCI in a variety of capacities, including organizing Regional Advisory Councils in Europe, the Middle East/North–Africa, and Asia-Pacific regions.  She was also responsible for managing a number of Joint Commission International long-term projects, such as contracts with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States Peace Corps, and most recently leading JCI’s work with the World Health Organization as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Patient Safety. Karin continues to collaborate with all of these organizations in her position with Planetree and has made several presentations focused on person centered care practices with WHO, JCI and the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua).

Karin has also been a contributing author on several publications focused on accreditation, patient centered care, and patients’ rights. Karin serves on ISQua’s Advisory Forum on Partnerships with Patients, and is an active volunteer with several non-profit organizations. Karin holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy and Healthcare Ethics from Loyola University, Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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