Arlene Bierman, MD, MS, is a general internist, geriatrician, and the inaugural holder of Echo’s Ontario Women's Health Council Chair in Women's Health; Associate Professor in the Lawrence F. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing; and of Health Policy, Evaluation, and Management; and Medicine at the University of Toronto; and a Senior Scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital. She is the principal investigator for the POWER study (Project for an Ontario Women’s Health Evidence-Based Report Card www.powerstudy.ca) which through the collaboration of an interdisciplinary group of investigators is providing actionable data to help policymakers and health care providers to improve health and reduce health inequities in Ontario (www.powerstudy.ca). Dr. Bierman served on the board of the Health Quality Ontario and chaired its Performance Measurement Advisory Board. She is a member of the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario and also serves on the board of the National Centre of Excellence program – the National Initiative to Improve Care for the Elderly (NICE). Previously, she was a Senior Research Physician in the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research at the US Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. Her research is directed at examining the impact of models service delivery and finance on access, quality, and health outcomes among older adults, with a special focus on low literacy and low income populations, and the unique needs of older women. Her work addresses the interface between health policy, access to care, primary care practice and health outcomes.