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About Thrive!®

    Thrive!, founded by Gary "Chris" Christopherson, is the call to action with a vision and a mission for those wanting to build and sustain a thriving future for all. It is a vast, sustained human endeavor for building and sustaining a thriving future for all forever.

    Thrive!®, Thrive! Endeavor®, All Thrive Forever®, T!®, Thrivism®, Thrivist®, Thrive! System®, and What will you do?® are trademarks of Gary A. Christopherson. They are trademarked for public advocacy to promote awareness of the need for positive and integrative decision-making in the fields of public policy, public administration, healthcare and healthcare reform for the purpose of creating and sustaining positive change and a better, thriving future for communities on the local, state, regional and national levels.

    Supporting the Thrive! mission and also founded by Gary Christopherson is "HealthePeople". Its foundation is based on decades of advocacy in and out of government.

    Supporting this endeavor, Thrive! strategies and models have been developed from 30+ years of experience at the local and national levels.

   Thrive! related strategies and tools have been used for the following:  the White House, Congress, inner city health system, Department of Defense's Military Health System, Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Health System and Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services.   (Bio)

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Gary "Chris" Christopherson, Founder

    Over his career, he has worked at the national and local levels on building better and thriving futures, large and positive change, person-centered, community, vulnerability, health and human services, policy, systems, models, performance, reform and management.  (Bio)

    For decades, he has strongly advocated the Thrive! vision. His strategic, policy, management, performance, and advocacy work spans his service both inside and outside of government.  His primary work to-date has been with creating and sustaining large scale, positive change and building a better future.

    He is a sculptor of abstract art (, having created over 200 sculptures. He also authored several science fiction novels, including - The Thrive! Endeavor and black box and two children's books - T!rrific [terrific] - What will you do to thrive? and Angel, Thriving Creator of Artful Things.  (

New Book on Chris -  A Life in Pursuit of Thriving for All

 This is story of and by Chris [Gary “Chris” Christopherson] and his lifelong pursuit of a thriving future – all thrive forever. It begins and ends in rural western Wisconsin. But so much happens, much in Washington (DC), in intervening 70+ years. Available in paperback and eBook via  or as a free download [PDF]

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Past Public Service:  (Bio)

  • Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, DoD

  • Senior Advisor to Chief Operating Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, DHHS

  • Fellow, National Academy for Public Administration [current]

  • Senior Fellow and Scholar-in-Residence, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences

  • Associate Director, Presidential Personnel, Executive Office of the President, White House

  • Chief Information Officer, Veterans Health Administration, VA

  • Senior Advisor to Under Secretary, Veterans Health Administration, VA

  • Director of Health Legislation, House Select Committee on Aging, U.S. House of Representatives

  • Deputy Director, Quality Improvement Group, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, DHHS

  • Senior Advisor to Assistant Secretaries of Defense for Health Affairs and for Reserve Affairs, DoD

  • Deputy Director, Municipal Health Services Program (funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based at John Hopkins Medical Institutions)

  • Director of Special Projects, Director of Municipal Health Services Program, Director of Mother and Infant Care Project, and Director of Project Life, City of Milwaukee Health Department

  • States Coordinator, National High Blood Pressure Education Program