Kevin Little, PhD, is a statistician specializing in the use of information to study, understand and improve system performance. He has applied his analytic skills and experience to promote sustainable buildings and communities and has worked to improve performance in health care systems.
His experience includes direct work with health care professionals and scientists and engineers in a range of disciplines. He has also coached improvement teams in both service and manufacturing.
Dr. Little served as improvement advisor to the HRSA-sponsored National Health Disparities Collaboratives from 2001 to 2006, to HRSA’s inaugural Oral Health Collaborative from 2005 to 2006, and to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Hospital Portfolio of projects from 2010 to 2012. In 2011–12 he directed development of the measurement strategy for the Healthier Hospitals Initiative and led an Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) pilot project to improve physician communication behaviors. He serves as improvement advisor and consultant to a series of IHI projects that address end-of-life experience and care, centered on what matters most for patients and families. He currently is the Improvement Advisor to the 2016–17 National Network of Oral Health Access collaborative that aims to improve oral health of children and adolescents.