Torrie Fields

Torrie Fields, MPH

Senior Program Manager
Blue Shield of California

Torrie Fields leads the development and implementation of programs and processes at Blue Shield of California and Care1st Health Plan that work to improve the quality of life for individuals with serious or life-limiting illness and their families. In addition, she has served as program director for palliative care at Cambia Health Solutions and as a consultant for health plans, purchasers, and educational institutions to assist them in understanding the impact of palliative care on the medical system. Prior to joining Blue Shield, Ms. Fields worked as an applied health services researcher in a variety of settings, including health plans, health delivery systems, local, state, and federal health departments, and in university research laboratories. She has extensive experience in health policy development and implementation, focusing on translating evidence-based research into legislative concepts for community coalitions and providing consultation and expertise in managing analytics for implementation, expansion, and evaluation of medical management programs. Ms. Fields holds a master’s degree in public health from the Oregon Master of Public Health Program at Oregon Health and Science University and Portland State University, a certificate in gerontology from Portland Community College, a BS in sociology from Portland State University, and a BA in communication theory from University of California, San Diego.


Breakout Session I – Creating a Learning Health System for Wide Spread Change in Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care

Presented by Torrie Fields, MPH, Anne Walling, MD, PhD, Jennie Kung, Neeraj Arora, PhD, Dan Gebremedhin MD, MBA at 1:30 PM on Thursday, October 10th.

This panel will focus on how engagement and collaboration can help support and grow a learning health system for implementation of innovative models for advance care planning and palliative care using examples from research, health care delivery, and payment models.  We will reference initiatives such as the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s Funding Initiative for ACP…

Lab Session I – Applying Design Thinking (End Well)

Presented by Shoshana Ungerleider, MD, Torrie Fields, MPH at 3:00 PM on Thursday, October 10th.

During this lab session, our facilitators will explore how to use design thinking and interdisciplinary teams to help break through barriers and solve our most pressing challenges in serious illness and end of life.

Plenary IV – Next Steps and Commitments

Presented by Torrie Fields, MPH, Jeff Zucker, Susan Ponder-Stansel at 11:30 AM on Friday, October 11th.

As the Summit comes to an end, we will look back on the lessons that have been learned and ideas that have been shared throughout this event. We will reflect on how these insights can guide our movement forward. We will invite Summit attendees to join the following leaders in making commitments to take action…