Health Plan Alliance inaugurates the Cathy K. Eddy Health Care Leadership Lecture Series

Health Plan Alliance


IRVING, Texas, May 1, 2018 – The Health Plan Alliance, a national organization for provider-sponsored and independently-owned health plans, today announced the inauguration of the Cathy K. Eddy Health Care Leadership Lecture Series. The lecture series was created in honor of Alliance founder and president, Cathy Eddy, and was unveiled on April 5 at a celebration honoring her career. Cathy Eddy retired from the Alliance on April 30. 
The lecture series will bring a line-up of nationally recognized keynote speakers to Alliance value visits over the next several years. Speakers will focus on the four areas of leadership most important to Eddy:  collaboration, innovation, governance and mentorship. The Alliance plans to announce the first speaker later this year. “Cathy led the Alliance for more than 20 years,” said Joe Lastinger, Alliance president. “The Cathy K. Eddy Health Care Leadership Lecture Series commemorates her legacy and will continue to challenge and grow future health care leaders.”

The lecture series was made possible from the contributions of more than 60 individuals and 30 companies. Additional information about the lecture series, its contributors and how to make a contribution is available on

Eddy founded the Alliance in 1996 with eight health plan members. More than 20 years later, the organization is comprised of nearly 50 health plans and more than 2,500 individuals. Prior to the Alliance, Eddy worked at VHA Inc. (now known as Vizient), starting in public policy and later spearheading the organization’s national community health improvement initiatives. She also served as a health policy analyst for the 1992 Ross Perot presidential campaign. Eddy serves on the advisory boards of Women Business Leaders and DST Healthcare. She has also served on of the Board of Trustees for both Health First Health Plan and the Health First Health System in Rockledge, Fla.; the Presbyterian Health Plan Board in Albuquerque, N.M., where she also chaired the Quality Committee of the Board; and the Health Industry Council Board in Dallas.

About the Health Plan Alliance
The Health Plan Alliance is a national organization that brings provider-sponsored and independently-owned health plans together with their health system and provider group leaders for unparalleled peer-to-peer collaboration. Alliance member health plans are well represented across various stages of development and all lines of business. For more than 20 years, Health Plan Alliance members have leveraged the collective knowledge of our community to enhance their business acumen and advance the quality of health care delivery in their communities.