A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. —Lao Tzu
Elizabeth Baskett is the Founder & Principal at Baskett.
Elizabeth has dedicated her career to public service and policy making in pursuit of health equity for all. Elizabeth became passionate about social justice at an early age when she experienced first-hand the impacts of poverty and health disparities growing up in a low-income, single parent household in the pueblos of Tucson, Arizona.
In her role as a leader of a Medicaid health plan, an innovator at multiple Medicaid agencies, and walking the halls of Congress and state legislatures, Elizabeth has pressed policy makers to remove systemic barriers to health equity.
Vice President of Medicaid, Executive Director of Medicaid Health Plan
Manager, Program Innovations Section, Colorado Medicaid
Senior Associate Director, Policy, American Hospital Association
Director, Government Affairs and Policy, AZ Hospital Association
Chief Legislative Liaison, AZ Medicaid
Legislative Analyst, AZ House of Representative & State Senate
Elizabeth is currently serving as the Principal of Baskett, where she helps clients engage in disruptive innovation, responsibly. Baskett services include strategic advising, program design and implementation, government relations, and stakeholder engagement. Elizabeth is a recognized leader with a reputation of integrity, push the envelope innovation and teamwork. She practices conscious leadership and helps clients of Baskett achieve their goals while enjoying the journey.
COLORADO CHILDREN'S HEALTH ACCESS PROGRAM
"We are so impressed with the quality of work Elizabeth is delivering to CCHAP’s projects. Elizabeth is strategic, smart, thoughtful, thorough, innovative and loads of fun to work with! We are so grateful for her efforts and the great work we are creating together to better serve the healthcare needs of families." Sue Williamson, Executive Director
HEALTH FIRST COLORADO - COLORADO'S MEDICAID PROGRAM
Elizabeth brings deep expertise in health care policy and has extensive experience evaluating public policy options, designing improvements to existing programs and piloting new interventions to benefit patients. She is dependable, and her work is always top-notch and delivered on time. You will find Elizabeth to be a great partner in your statewide policy making efforts. -Laurel Karabatsos, Deputy Medicaid Director
PHYSICIAN HEALTH PARTNERS
Elizabeth brings experience implementing progressive policy and program improvements to drive peak performance within an organization. Elizabeth worked across PHP to implement a successful strategic plan and complementary evaluation program that helped CCHA become the top performing RCCO in the state, which ultimately resulted in the award of two new seven-year [Regional Accountable Entity (RAE)] contracts. Elizabeth is a well-respected partner to a diverse set of physical, behavioral and public health stakeholders across Colorado. Ken Nielsen, CEO
FRONT RANGE HEALTH PARTNERS
It was a pleasure to work with Elizabeth. She is very bright, inclusive in solicitation of voices for input and pragmatic in application. She brings a deep experience in public policy and programing issues under scrutiny. I found her communication skills extremely effective in our work with stakeholders, patients and providers. She is passionate about improving the health and well-being of Coloradans. During our work together, Elizabeth became a well-respected partner of the behavioral health community. Elizabeth was a valuable and trusted partner throughout our joint efforts and I would look forward to any possibilities we might have to work together in the future. Robert Dyer PhD, CEO
"We drink from wells we did not dig; we are warmed by fires we did not kindle." (Deut. 6.11)
Baskett provides reduced-fee services to local non-profit organizations, including:
Invest in Kids
Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity & Reproductive Rights (COLOR)
Baskett is an active member in key Colorado consumer health advocacy organizations, including:
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative
Colorado Center for Health Progress
In 2022, Baskett provides Colorado Gives Day contributions to:
Colorado Center on Law & Policy
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Hunger Free Colorado
Baskett contributes annually to Project Angelheart, and Denver Botanic Gardens, and volunteers with various organizations.