President, Health Group, Leidos
Seventeen months after stepping into the role of president of the Leidos Health Group, Liz Porter has made her mark on the business. Despite vigorous protests by the incumbents, her team won two major takeaway contracts this year: the $2 billion Military and Family Life Counseling program and the $999 million Reserve Health Readiness Program.
Porter believes the Health Group can play a big role in health care’s shift toward addressing states of complete well-being for all people.
“An integrated view of health care, wherein we care for the whole person, is the next step in health care that will help care recipients move from ‘survive’ to ‘thrive,’” Porter said. “This approach brings into account every aspect of a person’s health, beyond their physical fitness or conditions. It’s mental health, stress management, economic stability and keeping in mind other social determinants of health, such as education, housing security and much more.”
Porter’s Health Group is exhibiting the person-centered care concept with MFLC and RHRP. Through MFLC, Leidos provides non-medical counseling to service members and their families to address unique military stresses such as frequent moves and hazardous deployments. The goal is to address these stresses before they contribute to mental health challenges.
With RHRP, Leidos’ subsidiary QTC helps reservists stay healthy and at peak performance before, during and after deployment. This aims to go further than just addressing health conditions as they occur to preempting the conditions altogether, where possible, leaders said. And Porter’s mission is larger than just business.
“First and foremost, this is about helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives,” Porter said. “Whole person care is the future of care, and we’re excited to help lead the way.”