Chris McCarthy

Designing Better Health And Wellness For Young People

Chris McCarthy is the VP of Strategy & Innovation at HopeLab, working to deepen the organization's impact on the health and wellness of young people through innovation and design. McCarthy is also the Executive Director and Founder of the Innovation Learning Network, a membership network made up of organizations with the common goal to make healthcare better through good design.

McCarthy's work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, the New York Times, and many more. His work has also been featured in the book Pursuing the Triple Aim: Seven Innovators Show the Way to Better Care, Better Health, and Lower Costs by Maureen Bisognano and Charles Kenney. He is also an international speaker on innovation and design.

In his previous role at Kaiser Permanente’s Innovation Consultancy, McCarthy tackled safer medication administration for patients, more robust shift changes for nurses, exploring the social space of elders, and the care experience of transgender people. As an author, he collaborated with Lyle Berkowitz, MD, on Innovation with Information Technologies in Healthcare, and with Lisa Schilling on Spreading Improvement Across Your Health Care Organization.

McCarthy was named the 2015 H.I.T. Innovator and the 2011 Ellerbe Beckett Lecturer. He has an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute / Copenhagen Business School, and an MPH in Health Policy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In his spare time, he obsesses about fitness, movies, and home remodels. You can find his quirky design blog at