Danielle M. Olds, MPH, PhD, RN, CIC

Director of Training and Education, Healthcare Institute for Innovations in Quality

Associate Professor, UMKC School of Medicine

Danielle Olds, MPH, PhD, RN, is the Director of Training and Education for the Healthcare Institute for Innovations in Quality; Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine, Department of Biomedical & Health Informatics; Assistant Director of the Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Fellowship Program (NIH T32) at the UMKC School of Medicine and Saint Luke’s Hospital; and Manager of Outcomes Research for Saint Luke’s Hospital.

She has extensive experience working with diverse clinical, operational, and survey data to answer complex questions about health care delivery. Much of her work has focused on quality measure research and development as an investigator for the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) and CMS Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) contracts. Dr. Olds was involved in all aspects of quality measure development and evaluation, including measure conceptualization, data collection guideline development and training, pilot testing, reliability and validity assessments, and use and usability determination. She has served as an expert on a variety of national taskforces and working groups including the National Quality Forum and the Leapfrog Group.

Currently, she is involved in mixed methods implementation and evaluation of the Healthcare Institute for Innovations in Quality opioid management and heart failure care transitions projects, in addition to federally funded projects related to patient reported outcome measures and shared decision making. Dr. Olds also has a key role in Saint Luke’s Health System’s PCORI-sponsored Health Systems Implementation Initiative.

Dr. Olds has taught both undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of health disciplines. She was previously the coordinator of the BSN Honors program at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, where she also co-taught data science in the graduate program. She has served on many oral exam, DNP project, and PhD dissertation committees. Currently Dr. Olds co-teaches Implementation Science at UMKC, as well as the Healthcare Institute for Innovations in Quality TIARA program.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the Colorado College, an MSN in Community Health Nursing and an MPH degree from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing as a pre-doctoral fellow in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research. Following her PhD, Dr. Olds completed a 3-year fellowship with the Veterans Affairs Quality Scholars (VAQS) program with a focus on quality improvement research methods and interprofessional quality improvement coaching.