Maribel Cifuentes, RN
ACT Program Deputy Director
Director of the Program Office
Maribel Cifuentes is the immediate past deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Prescription for Health national program. Under this initiative, 22 primary care practice-based research networks developed, tested, and evaluated 27 practical, evidence-based strategies to improve the delivery and effectiveness of health behavior change services in frontline primary care practice. The strategies targeted four health risk behaviors: Tobacco use, unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, risky alcohol use.
Ms. Cifuentes has extensive knowledge in the management and functions necessary to carry out large research initiatives. She is a nationally recognized figure in both the operation and expansion of research networks and in the management and coordination of multi-year nationally based research initiatives.
New to the field of qualitative research, she is currently engaged in the study of a delivery model that marries elements of the PCMH and ACO into a unique Primary Care Based Accountable Care Organization.
She is an Instructor at the University of Colorado Denver, Department of Family Medicine; and prior to joining the University, she was a neonatal nurse at Denver Health Medical Center.
She received her BSN from the University of Colorado Denver, School of Nursing and is finishing a master's degree in health professions education from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Ms. Cifuentes is a Guatemalan native who has made Colorado her home for the last 20 years. Her favorite activity is hiking in the Colorado mountains with her husband and two children.