States face unprecedented challenges when it comes to health equity and cost. We bring experience and evidence-based research to create solutions that are socially just and fiscally responsible. 

States Solutions


We specialize in helping state health agencies create and implement solutions to address health disparities and rising costs, particularly due to chronic conditions. Results of our work can be seen from California and Texas to Minnesota and Maine. What sets us apart? Many of us are former state health administrators and program directors. We understand the challenges states face, and work every day to achieve better outcomes.

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Tara Fowler

Tara Fowler  - PhD, MPH, CPH

Vice President, Population Health

Areas of Expertise
  • Applied Research and Analytics
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Qualitative Research

Tara Fowler leads Altarum's population health work, including in the areas of community health, applied research and analytics, and delivery systems transformation. She has led a variety of multifaceted quantitative and qualitative research projects that deliver insights to leaders of government health agencies, from the Defense Health Agency to the Health Resources and Services Administration. Her recent work includes an evaluation of a HRSA-funded program implemented in 16 states to improve oral health of low-income pregnant women and infants. Tara holds a PhD in public health from the University of South Florida.

Rick Keller

Rick Keller

Vice President, Connected Health

Areas of Expertise
  • Health Information Exchange 
  • Disease Surveillance  
  • Interoperability

Rick Keller manages the development of highly technical health care software systems that support disease reporting, syndromic surveillance, public health registries, and other functions. Rick holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in computer science from the University of Michigan and Oakland University, respectively.