Dr. Aaron Wernham is a family physician, and CEO of the Montana Healthcare Foundation. Aaron brings his experience in public health, medical practice, and grantmaking to the job of providing overall direction and leadership for the Foundation. In this position, he works with the trustees to develop and implement the Foundation’s strategic priorities, programming, and partnerships.
Over more than 10 years in clinical practice, Aaron served as faculty in the Contra Costa County family medicine program in California, and provided primary care in remote Alaska Native and rural Alaskan communities.
At the national level, Aaron has helped lead efforts to address the upstream influences on health and illness through partnerships beyond the health sector, with leaders in housing, transportation, education, and other fields. He founded and directed the Health Impact Project, a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts that makes grants and conducts policy-relevant research on American’s health. Aaron also served as public health and policy advisor for Alaska Native tribes while working with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. He has served on several National Research Council and Institute of Medicine committees focused on health and public policy, authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and public health reports, and often speaks on public health and prevention at national and international conferences.
Aaron received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He trained in family medicine at the UC Davis-affiliated Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.