Dr. Baase serves as the Board Chairperson of the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MIHIA), a multi-stakeholder collaborative dedicated to improving the health of people in 14 counties of central Michigan. She is a member of the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and chairs the Business Collaborative. Additionally, Dr. Baase serves on the Stakeholder Engagement Subcommittee of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030. She is currently a member of the National Alliance to impact Social Determinants of Health, NASDOH, and serves as a senior advisor to HealthBegins focused on upstream efforts in healthcare.
Catherine Baase retired from her role as Chief Health Officer and Global Director of Health Services for The Dow Chemical Company, a position she held for 20 years of her 32 years with Dow. While there she had direct responsibility for leadership and management of all Occupational Health, Epidemiology, and Health Promotion programs and staff around the world. Dr. Baase was also the key driver of the Dow Health Strategy.
Dr. Baase served as a board member of the Partnership for Prevention for more than 10 years and the Board of Directors of the PCPCC, The Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative Board for three years. She also served on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Advisory Board, The National Quality Forum’s (NQF) advisory group for the Multi-stakeholder Input on a National Priority: Improving Population Health by Working with Communities project, many committee and advisory positions with the CDC and most recently served on the Public Health – Health Care Collaboration Workgroup (PHHCC) of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She was previously a member of the Clinical Research Roundtable of the Institute of Medicine, The National Academies.
She is a Fellow in the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians. Under her leadership, the health programs of The Dow Chemical Company were extensively recognized for their innovation and achievement around the world. Dr Baase has received numerous awards and recognition throughout her career. In April 2017, she received the Highest Honor in Occupational and Environmental Medicine when she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Occupational and Environmental Medicine Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). In September Dr. Baase was again recognized as a distinguished executive leader in the health field as she received the 2017 Jerry Noyce Executive Health Champion Award from the Health Enhancement Research Organization, HERO.
Dr. Baase is a distinguished communicator on the topics of health strategy, prevention, occupational health and public health and is on the editorial staff for the American Journal of Health Promotion. She has co-authored more than 30 publications and received many awards for leadership in the health field.
Dr. Baase graduated from the College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in primary care faculty development. She has been board certified in Family Practice since completing her residency at Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals where she served as chief resident. She graduated summa cum laude from Saginaw Valley State University with degrees in chemistry and secondary education.
Dr. Baase is married with four grown children and eight grandchildren.