After working in the healthcare space for most of his career as a licensed clinical social worker and operational leader, Roger Dowdy joined Sound’s board of directors in June 2021. Dowdy has always been passionate about advocating and working on behalf of marginalized members of the community and strongly believes that human connection in the healthcare system is of the utmost importance.
Dowdy began his career in behavioral health as a case manager for Community Psychiatric Clinic, which later became part of Sound. After several years working with individuals in clinical settings, Dowdy transitioned to administrative leadership roles. He’s led large scale, operational and strategic efforts in multiple organizations, including Kaiser Permanente, NeighborCare Health and Virginia Mason Medical Center. As Sound itself transitions to integrating primary care and behavioral health, his experience will be impactful.
Currently, Dowdy is the Vice President of Mental Health Strategy at Providence, where he develops strategic guidance surrounding mental health in terms of quality outcomes that align with the changing payment methodology in the healthcare system. He’s also responsible for behavioral health and population health activities across the seven state delivery system and for all lines of business.
Dowdy holds a master of health administration from the University of Washington, a master of social work from the University of Pennsylvania and serves as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, their two teenage kids and dog.