Senior Vice President
Chuck Alston is a nationally recognized expert in health and health policy communications and directs Qorvis MSLGROUP’s health policy and issues management work. He has extensive experience in communications, policy, and politics that he combines with deep knowledge of health and health care to deliver for clients. He works on marketing, public affairs, policy, and crisis and reputation issues for diverse corporate and non-profit clients in the health care sector.
Alston worked for nine years on health care payment, delivery, and quality improvement issues for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to health and health care. He advises trade and professional associations, hospitals and health systems, pharmaceutical companies, and philanthropies on communications and stakeholder relations issues arising from the transformation of the nation’s health care system.
Alston’s clients have included the Alzheimer’s Association, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Premier health care alliance, the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Catalyst for Payment Reform, American Podiatric Medical Association, Center to Advance Palliative Care, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, the Health Care Transformation Task Force, the National Association of Health Underwriters, the National Quality Forum, Aligning Forces for Quality, Consumer-Purchaser Alliance, Urban Institute, Academy Health, The Nicholson Foundation, Pacific Business Group on Health, Philips, Battelle, Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, RehabCare, American Medical Association, Duke Medicine, University of Iowa Health Care, University Hospitals, Carilion Clinic, and Riverside Health System.
He led two research projects for the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and has served on several of its issue colloquiums. He also has served as a reviewer for JAMA Internal Medicine (formerly the Annals of Internal Medicine).
Alston was executive director of the Democratic Leadership Council and its affiliated think tank, the Progressive Policy Institute. Prior to that, he was an award-winning investigative reporter and editor at Congressional Quarterly and the Greensboro News & Record, where he served as its capital bureau chief and its business and finance editor. His columns have appeared in numerous publications including the Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal. His radio and television appearances include CBS Face the Nation, C-SPAN and National Public Radio. He has won several awards for public service and investigative journalism, including the Scripps-Howard Foundation Distinguished Journalism Citation for outstanding environmental reporting.
He was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.