Turner West, MPH, MTS is the associate vice president for health policy and the director of the Palliative Care Leadership Center at Bluegrass Care Navigators. Turner has extensive experience bringing leadership and innovation to programs and operations aimed at improving care for the seriously ill. As a recognized leader in hospice and palliative care, Turner has presented on a variety of important issues on health care delivery for the seriously ill at the national, regional, state, and local level. In addition to his work with Bluegrass Care Navigators, Turner is a consultant with the Center to Advance Palliative Care, faculty for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Manager Development Program, and an adjunct professor for the University of Maryland for the Master of Science in Palliative Care degree program. In 2016, Turner was named a Health and Aging Policy Fellow and Congressional Fellow with the American Political Science Association. As a fellow, Turner worked in the Department of Health and Human Services with the Office of the Surgeon General on public health approaches to serious illness and with the Altarum Institute on new methods to financing long-term care.
Turner has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Theology degree from Vanderbilt University and an undergraduate degree in political science from Transylvania University.
Why I Applied to be a Fellow
"The HAP Fellowship is an incredibly rewarding professional experience that provided me invaluable insight into how policy and payment influence health care delivery and connected me to an outstanding network of colleagues who are committed to improving health care for older adults."
Office of the U.S. Surgeon General (OSG); and Altarum Institute