Policy Analyst / Project Management / Public Health Advocate
Master's Degree in Public Health / Health Law
Extensive health policy knowledge and expertise in healthcare policy developments on the state and national level Subject-matter expert in Federal and State-level initiatives to implement Health Insurance Exchanges and Medicaid/CHIP Eligibility Systems that are compliant with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Project Associate April 2011 to CurrentUNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SCHOOL － Shrewsbury, MA
Provide timely policy analysis and diverse support for the Massachusetts Health Insurance Exchange/Integrated Eligibility System (MA HIX/IES) project; a CMS funded effort committed to establishing the IT infrastructure for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Leverage knowledge of the ACA, federal guidance for Exchange and Medicaid IT Systems, and the 2006 Massachusetts Healthcare Reforms to...
Identify, review, and monitor relevant literature, national policies, federal guidance, and state activities related to implementation of health reform; taking the initiative to summarize findings and identify emerging trends in policy and practice.
Co-author and develop timely articles, reports, and presentations (PowerPoint and Prezi) that translate legal and technical concepts into effective communications with federal and state health policy leaders and the general public.
Provide technical assistance and project support to the Commonwealth Connector Authority and MassHealth through coordination and preparation of project deliverables (IAPDs, RFPs, grant reports, project artifacts, etc.).
Represent the MA HIX/IES project at meetings with senior federal and state agency officials / stakeholders involved with health reform initiatives.
Collaborate in the development and maintenance of a knowledge management process aimed at organizing, maintaining, and appropriately disseminating all internal and external project information.
Coordinated the re-design of project website (www.nescies.org) and draft online communications, web and social media content.
SELECTED PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES Establishing the Technology Infrastructure for Health Insurance Exchanges Under the Affordable Care Act: Initial Observations from the "Early Innovator" and Advanced Implementation States: Provided content development and research support for this National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) publication that reviews the issues that policymakers should consider as they plan to build and enhance their own state-based technology infrastructures to comply with the ACA.
Publication available at: http://www.nasi.org/research/2012/establishing-technology-infrastructure-health-insurance-exch Measuring The Outcomes Of Health Reform: Opportunities For Federal And State Policymakers: Collaborated with senior staff at UMass Medical School and the Massachusetts Health Connector to co-author a Health Affairs blog intended to help state policymakers explore how to best measure the success of their health insurance marketplaces.
Blog available at: http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2013/10/28/measuring-the-outcomes-of-health-reform-opportunities-for-federal-and-state-policymakers/ MassHealth Website Analysis and Planning Project: Managed project deliverables and relationships to develop a vision for a new MassHealth (the state's Medicaid program) web presence that adopts industry best practices and aligns with both the requirements under the ACA and the new Exchange.
Presentation available at: http://prezi.com/frvhrnxyknky/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share Exchange and Medicaid IT System Contracts Chart: Collaborated with State Refor(u)m and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service staff to create a chart intended to help state policymakers track where other states are so far on selecting vendors for their Exchange and/or Medicaid Eligibility and Enrollment IT systems.
Chart available at: https://www.statereforum.org/medicaid-exchange-it-contracts.
Director August 2010 to March 2011BOSTON PUBLIC HEALTH COMMISSION － Boston, MA
Managed all aspects of the Boston Asthma Home Visiting program, including ensuring timely and effective home visits for participants, meeting grant deadlines and deliverables, coordinating clinical supervision, conducting outreach to patients and providers, and directly supervising 2 community health workers.
Led a multi-agency effort to develop a portable data collection device that enabled Boston's Asthma Program to better coordinate care and track improvements among clients.
Improved wellness programs, prevention education, and outreach efforts; particularly addressing racial and ethnic disparities.
Initiated efforts to obtain additional grant funds to address gaps in communication between asthma patients and providers.
Public Policy Manager June 2008 to June 2010AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF MASSACHUSETTS － Waltham, MA
Coordinated all public and environmental health policy research, outreach, and advocacy efforts resulting in legislation that advanced lung health promotion and disease prevention.
Closely monitored state and federal legislative, political, and financial activities, as well as, conducted literature reviews on new and emerging issues to meet a broad range of legislative objectives.
Formed and collaborated with multiple coalitions to impact local and state health policy.
Collaborated with environmental and public health organizations and experts to craft regulations mandating that biomass incinerators burn wood more efficiently in order to earn Federal Tax Credits for energy credits.
Worked closely with Senior Vice-President for Health Promotion / Public Policy to research and develop timely public policy statements, testimony, letters to the editor, and presentations to effectively promote the mission of the organization.
Recruited, educated and mobilized concerned advocates and volunteers on successfully delivering testimony as well as contacting and personally meeting legislators.
Maintained Public Policy website with timely legislative updates and advocacy alerts.
Mentored and supervised 3 graduate school interns in the development of "A Breath of Healthy Air" blog.
Collaborated with development staff to support fund-raising events and ensure participant satisfaction.
Intern June 2007 to August 2007CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES － Boston, MA
Collaborated with Regional Administrator to successfully edit, augment, and revise 2 years of research and writing into a cohesive, readable, and analytical treatise about the effects of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) on the US healthcare system.
Assisted with Congressional testimony development and improved Regional Office fact sheets used at outreach events.
Produced five white papers addressing several issues that directly and indirectly impact the services regulated under EMTALA: reimbursement, liability, workforce capacity, hospital in-patient capacity, and disparities of care.
Created accurate and timely fact reference sheets used to inform talking points for outreach events throughout New England.
Master of Public Health : Health Law, 5 2008BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH － Boston, MAHealth Law Nominee for the Presidential Management Fellowship Program.
2008 Massachusetts Student Health Policy Forum Participant.
Thesis: Analysis of the Constitutionality and public health implications of a federal gun control law that prevented gun manufacturers from being held liable for crimes committed with their products.
Bachelor of Arts : Political Science, 6 2005UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE － Durham, NHGPA: magna cum laude
Dean's List (4 yrs), University Honors Student, Golden Key Honor Society, Phi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honors Society).Political Science magna cum laude
Dean's List (4 yrs), University Honors Student, Golden Key Honor Society, Phi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honors Society). Independent Study: Policy analysis of the feasibility of promoting more competition in New Hampshire's small business health insurance market.
1 2012UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS － Shrewsbury, MABusiness Data Analysis and Statistical Methods