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About Us consolidates timely, high-quality resources on state health policy for busy policymakers and researchers.

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This project is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


AcademyHealth’s Evidence-Informed State Health Policy Institute

AcademyHealth’s Evidence-Informed State Health Policy Institute cultivates collaboration across a diverse network of health policy researchers and practitioners who can adopt policy change to broaden their capacity to promote data-driven evidence-informed state policy and programs.

Organization Name

Susan Kennedy, M.P.P., M.S.W.

Senior Director

(202) 292-6700

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

ASTHO is committed to supporting the work of state and territorial public health officials and furthering the development and excellence of public health policy nationwide.

Organization Name

Kimberlee Wyche Etheridge, MD, MPH

Sr. VP Health Equity and Diversity Initiatives

(202) 371-9090

Benefits Data Trust

Benefits Data Trust (BDT) is a national nonprofit that harnesses the power of data, technology, and policy to provide efficient and dignified access to assistance.

Organization Name

Pauline Abernathy

Chief Strategy Officer

(215) 207-9100

Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS)

CHCS promotes innovations in publicly financed health care, especially for individuals with complex, high-cost needs. It brings together state and federal agencies, health plans, providers, and community-based organizations to advance models of organizing, financing, and delivering health care services.

Organization Name

Mark Larson

Senior Vice President, Leadership and Capacity Building

(609) 528-8400

Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University

The Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University works to improve access to affordable and adequate health insurance by providing balanced, evidence-based research, analysis and strategic advice.

Organization Name

Sabrina Corlette

Research Professor

(202) 687-0880

Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH)

DASH supports collaborations that work together to improve the health of their communities, promote health equity, and contribute to a Culture of Health by strengthening information-sharing systems, engaging additional sectors and community members, and building sustainable capacity to work collaboratively toward community goals.

Organization Name

Waldo Mikels-Carrasco


(312) 850-4744

Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families

The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) conducts research, develops strategies, and offers solutions to reduce inequities and improve the health of America’s children and families, particularly those with low and moderate incomes.

Organization Name

Joan Alker

Executive Director

(202) 687-2253

Health Impact Project

The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, encourages local, state, and national organizations to include health considerations in policy decisions across multiple sectors, such as housing, transportation, and education.

Organization Name

Ruth Lindberg

Project Director

(202) 540-6544

Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI)

IMI is focused on providing innovative solutions that address important clinical, research, and policy issues in Medicaid through multi-stakeholder engagement, research, data analysis, education, quality improvement initiatives, and dissemination and implementation activities.

Organization Name

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN

Founding Executive Director

(202) 904-3067

National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)

NASHP is an independent academy of state health policymakers dedicated to helping states achieve excellence in health policy and practice.

Organization Name

Hemi Tewarson

President and Executive Director

(301) 237-6812

National Governors Association (NGA)

NGA is a bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy, and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.

Organization Name

Ryan Martin

Deputy Director, NGA Center For Best Practices

(202) 624-5486

National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI)

The NHSPI aims to provide an accurate portrayal of the nation’s health security using relevant, actionable information to help guide efforts to achieve a higher level of health security and preparedness.

Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI)

PHNCI serves as the hub for national public health innovations, helping foster a multi-sector learning community that will help identify and test new and innovative practices to improve public health capacity.

Organization Name

Jessica Solomon Fisher

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

(703) 778-4549, x116

State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC)

Affiliated with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, SHADAC is a multidisciplinary health policy research center with a focus on state policy.

Organization Name

Elizabeth Lukanen

Deputy Director

(612) 626-1537

State Health and Value Strategies (SHVS)

SHVS assists states in their efforts to transform health and health care by providing targeted technical assistance to state officials and agencies.

Organization Name

Heather Howard

Program Director

(609) 258-9709

Urban Institute Health Policy Center

The Urban Institute Health Policy Center works to understand how lives and communities can be transformed by sound policies and access to quality health care.

Organization Name

Genevieve Kenney

Vice President, Health Policy

(202) 261-5568

Training Opportunities

ASTHO Leadership Institute

The ASTHO Leadership Institute is a year-long, cohort-based, leadership development opportunity for state and territorial health officials at every stage of their tenure. This flagship program works with experts in executive leadership development, nationally recognized public health leaders, and ASTHO alumni to offer a customized learning program for governmental public health leaders.

Upcoming: ASTHO will be launching a new Cohort in June 2022, which is by invitation only.

Medicaid Leadership Institute

The Medicaid Leadership Institute is a unique, 10-month fellowship opportunity for Medicaid directors and their key staff from states across the political spectrum to enhance the skills and expertise necessary to successfully lead and improve their programs and address health equity in an ever-changing policy environment.

Upcoming: Applications for the next cohort will open June 2022.

Medicaid Pathways Program

The Medicaid Pathways Program is designed to bolster the leadership capacity of senior Medicaid leaders, particularly those with lived experience with Medicaid. This nine-month leadership training program is designed for individuals who are new to Medicaid leadership roles and/or are interested in advancing to a more senior role in the future.

Upcoming: Applications for the next cohort will open June 2022.

Culture of Health Leaders Program

The Culture of Health Leaders Program is a three-year long national leadership program for people working in every field and profession who want to use their influence to advance health and equity. Changemakers will hone high-level leadership skills, continue working in their communities to apply knowledge in real-time, receive top-tier professional coaching from national leaders, and more.

More information: There will be no 2022 cohort. Future opportunities for the Culture of Health Leadership Institute will be posted through the National Collaborative for Health Equity mailing list.

The Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing

Practitioners who are advancing racial and health equity are invited to apply to this 18-month leadership experience that connects participants with a national community of like-minded people to be nurtured in this work, support and serve as a resource to others, and gain tools and resources to hold public officials and private sector leaders more accountable for real progress.


More information: The 2022 cohort application closed December 1, 2021. Applicants are invited to participate in virtual interviews and will be notified in late February.

RWJF Health Policy Fellows

RWJF Health Policy Fellows program is a nonpartisan fellowship that has offered exclusive, hands-on policy experience in the nation’s capital for over 40 years. Working together with key players in federal health policy, more than 270 fellow have participated in the policy process at the federal level and used that leadership experience to improve health, healthcare, and health policy across the nation.

Upcoming: The 2023-24 Call for Applications (CFA) will open in early September 2022 and close in early November.