Amy Horn Groenendaal is a senior research director in NORC at the University of Chicago's Public Health Research Department.
Horn is currently co-project director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) Performance Improvement Management System (PIMS). Since 2014, she has led PIMS in multiple roles to strengthen and institutionalize OMH efforts to ensure the systematic collection, analysis and utilization of evaluation results and performance data guide program and policy decision-making to eliminate health disparities.
Horn concurrently manages an NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis study for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) conducting Formative Research Exploring the Challenges in Diagnosis and Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Rural Areas. Previously at NORC, she focused exclusively on administering the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) TBI Technical Assistance Center by supporting HRSA and its competitive State-based and formula-funded Protection & Advocacy System (P&A) grant programs designed to improve service delivery, establish policy, and secure financial support for lasting systems change for individuals with TBI and their families. Horn assisted the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs (DSCSHN) leadership to examine the landscape of federal agency activities related to TBI, increase communication among various TBI programs, and advance the mission of each organization engaged with TBI.
Prior to NORC, Horn first supported the HRSA TBI Technical Assistance Center at the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA) as Technical Assistance Liaison to State and P&A TBI grantees developing state infrastructures and sustainable systems of services and supports. While at NASHIA, she worked closely with the HRSA Contracting Officer Representative (COR) to identify emerging issues and trends to facilitate multifaceted technical assistance and product development. Previously, Horn managed the Davidson County NC Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse Services’ Community Alternative Program and as Supported Living Program Manager guided the Community Services Department at United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and SW Washington. She began her early career in Social Work as a Client Advocate for Guilford County Mental Health and an Adolescent Counselor at Youth Focus Psychiatric Hospital in North Carolina.