Adjunct instructor Matthew Dyer’s professional path started
with a personal tragedy. When he was 15, his mother was ill and within a few
years, passed away. From the time of his mother’s diagnosis, Matthew battled
for insurance coverage and dropped out of high school to help fund the rising
“There aren’t many protections,” he explained. “They found
any reason they could to drop her from insurance.”
In the days prior to the Affordable Care Act, the
pre-existing condition clause made it a challenge to find coverage. After his
constant fight for funding and experience with a system that sought treatment
over care, he found himself prepared for a career in healthcare and finance.
Armed with knowledge of healthcare management based on his
experience caring for his mother, Matthew pursued a business education at both
the undergraduate and graduate level. He has worked in the government,
non-profit, and private sectors, today serving as the Director of Finance and
Revenue Cycle Management for a provider-owned healthcare group and the CFO of a
non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center.
“We need to equip the next generation of healthcare leaders
and managers with the knowledge to make informed decisions and create change,”
he said. “Whether we like it or not, whether it’s better or worse, health-care
From team-based care to advancements in technology, the
changes in the healthcare industry are prevalent. With a focus on preventative
care and a more intentional approach to who delivers care, Matthew says there
is opportunity to improve the system and consequently, the lives of patients.
In his courses, Matthew strives to make health-care personal, especially when
it comes to finance.
“Finances translate to personal lives and everyone’s
personal lives lead to healthcare,” he said. “We all have a self-interest and
being able to link that in the classroom helps get people involved.”
Matthew’s personal experiences have led him to be an advocate
for quality, cost-effective care — something that can be achieved by
transforming healthcare professionals into leaders for change.
Matthew Dyer teaches Healthcare Finance and Legal Issues: Payment and Delivery Systems in the Healthcare Management program. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Rise Up Community School and was recently named to the board of the Chicano Humanities & Arts Council.