is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic incentives that reward enhanced individual and community health and safety.

learn more

About Us

Mark Fox, President

For MSIP, Mark’s efforts focus on health plans, community relations and outreach, neighborhood programming and member-centered engagement toward the goals of reducing interpersonal and self-violence, injury and related costs. His more than two decades of operating his consulting practice, Mark Fox & Associates, LLC, brings diverse health care and human services management experience to clients. Mark provides them with solutions informed by his expertise in managed care, including behavioral health, integrated medical/behavioral and specialized care and case management programs, with deep experience in the public sector, particularly Medicaid. Previously, Mark held management positions with the nation’s largest behavioral health organizations. He graduated with High Honors from Kenyon College.

Joan Wise, Treasurer

For 11 years, Joan was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of AARP, where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations in ensuring successful implementation of the strategic and operational plans for achieving the organization's goals. She currently serves on the board of Jubilee Jump Start, an early childhood education center for low-income children in D. C. Joan is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. She holds a Master's in Education from the University of California and a Bachelor's in Education from the George Washington University. She is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia, Maryland and the United States Supreme Court.

David Welch, Secretary

For nearly two decades, David Welch has been involved in higher education advancement operations at four different research universities. He has participated in billion dollar fundraising campaigns at each institution and is currently responsible for raising $145M of a comprehensive $2B campaign at the University of Oregon. As the Senior Director of Development, he oversees a team of fundraisers, manages their Dean's Advisory Board, and is part of the Dean's Academic Leadership Group. Prior to working in higher education, David was campaign manager for several congressional races in the state of Wisconsin. David is a graduate of Marquette University with a Bachelor's in Political Science.

Kenneth S. Thompson, MD, Medical Director

Ken is a public service psychiatrist and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. He served as the Medical Director of the Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the US Department of Health and Human Services, where he provided expert psychiatric consultation to public policy formation and implementation. He was the co-chair of the Federal Workgroup on Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration. Dr. Thompson is a graduate of Kenyon College and Boston University School of Medicine.

Indira Paharia, PsyD, MBA, MS, Senior Program Advisor

Dr. Paharia has over 15 years of experience in healthcare integration within managed care, academia, and healthcare delivery systems. She is on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and is a national advisor to SAMHSA. She served as the Executive Vice President of Healthcare Strategy for Integra Service Connect, where she led strategic planning and community-based program development. Previously, she was the Corporate Vice President of Clinical Programs for Molina Healthcare, leading national health policy and program development for 2 million Medicare and Medicaid members. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver, as well as an MBA in healthcare administration and an MS in healthcare finance from Temple University.

Susan Signore-Smith, Clinical Advisor

For over three decades, Ms. Signore-Smith has worked in managed behavioral healthcare in operational, executive and consulting roles. Her employment includes positions with large private and public organizations, such as Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and serving as Executive Director/Service Center VP for Value Behavioral Health of PA (now part of Beacon Health Options). Over the past 15 years, Ms. Signore-Smith’s consultant activities have focused on clinical/quality initiatives, operational strategies, process analyses, stakeholder collaboration, and RFP research/response. She often conducts Root Cause and Service Gap Analyses and has developed quality-driven, cost-effective process improvements. Her clients include County MH/ID/D&A Administrations, Managed Behavioral Healthcare Organizations, and PA HealthChoices Oversight Agencies. Her clinical psychiatric experience includes Adult and C/A Inpatient, Outpatient and Partial Hospital Programs, Psychiatric Emergency Room, and Psychiatric Home Health Nursing. Ms. Signore-Smith is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

News & Reports

Preventing Violence: Understanding and Addressing Determinants of Youth Violence in the United States

“Rates of all types of violence have declined substantially in the United States over recent decades. Nevertheless, rates of violence and the nu...

Read More
Thinking, Fast and Slow? Some Field Experiments to Reduce Crime and Dropout in Chicago

“Disparities in youth outcomes in the United States are striking. For example, for 15-24 year olds, the male homicide rate in 2013 was 18 times ...

Read More
The Hospital Costs of Firearm Assaults

“In the wake of recent high profile incidents of gun violence, there is renewed national attention on the prevalence and cost of firearm assault...

Read More
CDC: The Public Health Approach to Violence Prevention

“The public health perspective asks the foundational questions: Where does the problem begin? How could we prevent it from occurring in the firs...

Read More
A Comprehensive Prevention Approach to Reducing Assault Offenses and Assault Injuries among Youth

Abstract: Since 2011, the CDC-funded Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center (MI-YVPC), working with community partners, has implemented a comprehe...

Read More
Efficacy of a Universal Brief Intervention for Violence Among Urban Emergency Department Youth

Abstract: Violent injury is the leading cause of death among urban youth. Emergency department (ED) visits represent an opportunity to deliver a brie...

Read More

Contact Us

The Marketplace Solutions and Incentives Project

Phone: 571-236-6078

Email: [email protected]