About Jason

Jason E. Gillikin

Contact Information

Education & Professional Development

  • B.A., philosophy/ethics and political science (minors in history, Latin, comparative religion), Western Michigan University (2003)
  • Graduate certificate in Applied Statistics, Western Michigan University (accepted for enrollment as of autumn, 2014)
  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, National Quality Certification Board (2006; recertified through 2016)
  • Amateur radio license, Technician class, Federal Communications Commission (2012)

Summary Work History

  • Current
    • Board chairman and CEO of Caffeinated Press, Inc., a West Michigan-based independent publishing company (2014-)
    • Manager of a quality-improvement analytics department for a top-rated health insurance company (2013-)
    • Freelance writer and communication-services consultant (2008-)
  • Former
    • Supervising statistician/systems analyst for front-end revenue-cycle operations for large integrated health system (2000-2013)
    • Newspaper columnist, section editor, copy chief, and editor in chief for a small community daily in SW Michigan (2000-2005)
    • Golf course groundskeeper/payroll coordinator (2000)
    • Administrative assistant to the president of a major local family foundation (1998-2000)
    • Contract consultant for IT services for local governments in West Michigan (1996-1998)
    • Customer service representative for regional retailer and for a Michigan bank (1992-1997)

Publications & Presentations

  • “Making Sense of Your Data: A Guide for Healthcare Quality Professionals,” presentation delivered at the annual educational conference of the Michigan Association for Healthcare Quality (Traverse City, 2014)
  • “Michigan Health Policy Update,” MAHQ Journal (July 2014)
  • “10 Most Common Errors in Data Interpretation for Quality Improvement Professionals,” Michigan Association for Healthcare Quality (2014) [live webinar – national audience]
  • “ICD-10: What It Means for Healthcare Quality Professionals,” webinar, National Association for Healthcare Quality (2014) [recorded webinar – national audience]
  • “Value-Based Purchasing in Ambulatory Surgery Centers: Implications for Quality,” NAHQ eNews (2014)
  • Santuary, a detective-fiction novel (2013; unreleased, 56k words)
  • Manual of Usage, Syntax and Style,” white paper (2013)
  • “Harness Patient Care Analytics to Streamline Care Transitions,” NAHQ eNews (2013)
  • “Audit and Productivity Quantification for Hospital Registration Personnel,” presentation delivered at the Joint Statistical Meetings (Miami Beach, 2011)
  • “Interpenetrated Design,” published in the Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods (2008)
  • “Ethics as a Contributor to a Culture of Quality” presentation delivered at the annual educational conference of the National Association for Healthcare Quality (San Diego, 2006)
  • “Inclusive Language,” published in America Now 5th ed. (2002)

In addition to the above-noted specific work product:

  • Wrote dozens of news stories and hundreds of editorials and bylined opinion columns published in the Western Herald, a daily, broadsheet, non-lab newspaper (circ. 12,500) affiliated with Western Michigan University (2000-2005)
  • Served as contract content writer for Demand Media, with copy appearing at eHow, Walden University’s Think+Up program and the Houston Chronicle’s chron.com personal finance section; one of four nationally featured special content writers for eHow Tech — more than 2.3 million page views for my content for the period 9/2009 to 3/2014
  • Served as contract copy editor (senior editor), title evaluator, content evaluator and expert auditor with Demand Media, focusing on content related to technology, careers and personal finance


Professional Service

  • President-Elect/President/Immediate Past President, Michigan Association for Healthcare Quality (2014-2017)
  • Team co-leader, Health Data Analytics professional-competency workgroup, National Association for Healthcare Quality (2014-2015)
  • Team co-leader, State Leaders Team, National Association for Healthcare Quality (2015)
  • Team co-leader, Special Interest Groups, National Association for Healthcare Quality (2014)
  • Publications officer, Quality and Productivity section of the American Statistical Association (2009); Q&P Webmaster (2010-2016)
  • Editorial team, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2009)
  • Board of Reviewers, Journal for Healthcare Quality (2008)

Volunteer & Civic Engagement

  • Precinct delegate (elected) and voting delegate (state convention), Michigan Republicans (2014)
  • Lay chaplain, Diocese of Grand Rapids/Michigan Department of Corrections (2007-2008)
  • Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, MI (2007)
  • Worship coordinator and master of ceremonies to the diocesan bishop, Diocese of Grand Rapids (2007-2008)
  • Secretary, Biomedical Ethics Committee, Spectrum Health (2005-2009)
  • Member, Diversity Council, Western Michigan University (2004-2005)
  • Member ex officio, board of directors, Western Herald (2004-2005)
  • Chairman, Liturgy Commission, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church (2002-2009)
  • Member, board of directors, WIDR 89.1-FM (2002-2003)
  • Member, executive committee, Committee to Revise the Institutional Mission, Western Michigan University (2001-2002)
  • Coordinator, Student Legal Assistance Program, Western Michigan University (1999-2001)
  • Precinct delegate (elected), Ottawa County, MI (1998-2000)

Biography & Personal Trivia

  • Residency:  Jason was born in Grand Rapids in September, 1976 and has continuously resided in the region, including stints in Marne, Walker, Kentwood and Kalamazoo; he presently dwells in G.R.’s South Hill neighborhood
  • Politics:  Center-right Republican — hard right on economic questions, libertarian but pro-life on most social issues, mildly neocon on defense and foreign affairs
  • Religion:  Fairly serious Roman Catholic in an intellectual/contemplative sense, with a passion for correct liturgy and experience with diocesan liturgy and volunteer chaplaincy work in prisons and hospitals
  • Sexuality:  Pansexual
  • Cuisine:  Indian, Italian, Japanese, Cajun, Thai
  • Libations:  Preference for single-malt scotch or a premium local microbrew, or a well-made cup of coffee
  • Smoking:  Occasionally, a fine cigar — prefer peppery maduro cigars of the larger vitolas
  • Personality:  A mastermind on the Kiersey Temperament Sorter (but sometimes an architect); tend toward the analytical but generally serene and not slavishly beholden to mere preferences; strong intellectual bent with a dry/sarcastic humor
  • Sports and Recreation:  Running, cycling, kayaking, backcountry hiking, martial arts (uechi-ryu karate and escrima), scuba diving (PADI-certified open-water diver)
  • Hobbies:  Reading, writing, board games, fine dining, conversation over coffee, travel, visiting museums, hiking, blogging, podcasting about vices
  • Books:  Mostly history (especially 20th century) and moral philosophy; the Wheel of Time series
  • Magazines:  First Things, National Review, The Weekly Standard; The Economist; Blue Water Sailing; Sport Diver; Outside … and roughly two dozen more
  • Newspapers:  USA Today (regularly); The Wall Street Journal (occasionally)
  • Music:  Medieval polyphany; contemporary alt-rock; baroque — see Jason’s Playlist post for details
  • Film:  Action, sci-fi, horror, war, epic fantasy

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