Sophia Schlette


Sophia Schlette, MPH, is a senior international adviser to the Chair of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, the doctors' trade association representing 130.000 office-based physicians. Until June, she coordinated the international office at the Federal Joint Committee, Germany's pivotal benefit assessment and decision-making body in health care. Until 2010, Sophia worked at the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy, in Oakland, CA.

Prior to KP, Sophia was a Senior Expert Health Policy at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, a German non-partisan foundation and think-tank. At the foundation, she built and directed the International Network Health Policy & Reform since 2002 along with its freely accessible online journal, the Health Policy Monitor. The Health Policy Network, now with WHO's European Observatory on Health Care Systems and Policies, brought together experts from 20 industrialized countries to report on health policy innovations on a wide range of policy issues: Financing, care coordination, primary care, human resources, provider payment, prevention, mental health integration, new technologies, etc. Reform experiences were used to inform decision-makers; to this end, Sophia published a book series, hosted numerous policy dialogues and planned and led health study tours. Amongst others, she coordinated AcademyHealth’s Study Tour to Germany, visits of Germany’s Federal Minister of Health to the U.S., as well as sessions at conferences like the ARM or the BMJ International Forum.

Sophia’s public health career began in 1989 in Africa working with UNICEF and the WHO. Later she coordinated capacity building programs in several Latin American countries on behalf of the German cooperation and consulted for international organizations, NGOs, and most recently for the World Bank, before shifting focus to domestic and OECD countries in the mid-90s. Sophia graduated from Free University Berlin with a M.A. in political science and holds an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University.