Kristen Presleigh

  • Santa Barbara US-CA
Kristen Presleigh

Senior Quality Measurement Specialist


Public health professional with experience in Medi-Cal and the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS). Research experience in emergency medicine physician and nurse workflow, patient navigators, patient centered medical homes, and the uninsured. Skilled in conducting data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and literature reviews. Comfortable working with a variety of software programs including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and STATA. Dependable and highly organized individual, able to communicate complex principles with a variety of audiences.


Aug 2011 - May 2013

Master of Public Health, Health Services Organization

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Key courses included: Health Service Delivery and Performance, Healthcare Payment Systems and Policy, Health Care Outcomes and Quality Research, Methods for Economic Evaluation of Healthcare Programs, Introduction to Health Economics, Health Disparities Seminar, Health Policy Analysis, Health Policy in the U.S., Biostatistics, Social and Behavioral Aspects of Community Health, Fundamentals of Epidemiology, Overview of Environmental Health

Awards: David&Eula Wintermann Management, Policy & Community Health Scholarship recipient for the 2012-2013 academic year 

Aug 2005 - Dec 2009

Bachelor of Science

University of California, Merced

Key courses included: Virology, Immunology, Nutrition, Physiology, Human Anatomy, Biochemistry, Health Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Cognitive Science

Selected Accomplishments

•Kristen Presleigh, MPH, Vickie Nguyen, MS, Nnaemeka Okafor, MD, MS, Amit Mehta, MD, Jiajie Zhang, PhD, and Amy Franklin, PhD. Task Transition Decision Making During Downtime: Impact of EHR systems on Performance. Poster presented at the Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare (WISH) on November 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. 
• Kimberly Enard, Stephen Duckett, Kristen Presleigh, Lovell Jones. Among vulnerable populations, high trust in emergency department physicians associated with higher primary care-related ED use. Poster presented at the 2013 American Public Health Association 114th Annual Meeting and Expo, Boston, MA 
• Presented “Qualitative Research Methods: Opportunistic Decision Making” at UTHealth School of Nursing with Vickie Nguyen, M.S. in June 2013.
• Presented “Functional genome annotation of replication, recombination and repair and inorganic ion transport and metabolism (274 gene models) of Sporobolomyces roseus” at the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, CA with Emily Wilson in 2008.

Work experience

Work experience
Jul 2015 - Present

Senior Quality Measurement Specialist

CenCal Health

Provided project coordination for the annual HEDIS project, including development, data collection, coordination and management of the HEDIS provider on-sites schedule. 

Jan 2014 - Jun 2015

Quality Measurement Specialist

CenCal Health

Provided project coordination for the annual HEDIS project, including development, data collection, coordination and management of the HEDIS provider on-sites schedule. Created Quality Performance Reports for contracted providers for HEDIS quality improvement projects. Updated annual reports on HEDIS performance with presentations to the Quality Improvement Committee, Medical Advisory Committee, and the Healthcare Operations Committee. Updated HEDIS goals and performance results in the Quality Improvement Work Plan Evaluation and 2015 Strategic Plan

Jun 2013 - Sep 2013

Research Assistant

UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

Health Informatics Department

Performed observational data collection, coding, and analysis of Attending, Nurse, and Resident workflow, task transitions and health information use during Emergency Department trauma shifts. Collaborated with students, faculty, and staff between the School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI), Medical School at UTHealth, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Hospital (MH-TMC) and Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital. Assisted with analysis of electronic health record downtime for Harris Health LBJ Hospital disaster preparedness plans.

Oct 2012 - May 2013

Research Assistant

UTHealth Medical School 

Emergency Medicine Department

Performed observational data collection, coding, and analysis of physician tasks during ED shifts. Transcription and analysis of resident oral case presentations. Collaborated with students, faculty, and staff between the SBMI and the Medical School at UTHealth and MH-TMC.

May 2012 - Sep 2012

Graduate Research Assistant

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Center for Health Equity and Evaluation Research (CHEER)

Research collaboration between CHEER and the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System to better understand how to effectively link frequent users of EDs for primary care with appropriate, office-based providers.  Assisted primary investigator for prep and note taking during focus group meetings, and worked with patient navigators at Memorial Hermann Southwest and Texas Medical Center Hospital to recruit uninsured self pay and Medicaid emergency room patients to participate in the research survey.  Performed data entry, and qualitative analysis on the questionnaire and focus group transcripts.  

Sep 2010 - Dec 2010

Course Assistant

University of California, Santa Cruz

Anthropology Department

Taught Anthropology 1 lower division course required by all Anthropology majors.  Advised undergraduate students, wrote student evaluations, graded final papers and final exam.  Lead discussion sections covering lecture material.

Feb 2010 - Aug 2010


American Red Cross, Santa Cruz County Chapter

Researched information for future chapter programs, attended staff meetings, and wrote various documents for the office staff.  Developed a grant inventory for future Chapter use, prepared application material and wrote grant proposals, and created an informational grant site in the Chapter's Google portal.

Jan 2007 - Dec 2009

Undergraduate Research

University of California, Merced

Site directed mutogenesis project involving Hepatitis C Virus, ethanol, and other reactive species.  Project specific techniques included RT-PCR, PCR, primer design, sequence analysis using MEGA, BioEdit, and R, and troubleshooting R scripts.  Scheduled weekly journal club meetings, and project updates.


NAMI-National Alliance on Mental Illness, Member, January 2016-Present; Public Policy Committee Member, February 2016-Present

American Public Health Association, Student Membership, April 2013 – Present


Seronello S, Montanez J, Presleigh K, Barlow M, Medina M, Choi J (2011). Ethanol and Reactive Species Increase the Sequence Heterogeneity of Hepatitis C Virus RNA and Positive Selection Contributing to Antiviral Resistance.   PLoS ONE 6(11)

Seronello S, Presleigh K, Barlow M, Choi J (2010). Ethanol and both Endogenous and Exogenous Reactive Species Accelerate the Mutation Rate of Hepatitis C Virus RNA. FASEB J. URL: 74


2012 - Present

Human Subjects Training

Certificate Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative