Barbara Wirth, Project Director
Barbara Wirth is a Project Director at the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) in the Child and Family Health Team. She is responsible for managing projects analyzing best practices in health system performance for and providing technical assistance to states. Her current work includes supporting states to develop cross-systems care coordination and integration of services for children and youth with special health care needs. Previous projects involved convening federal and state leaders to discuss alignment on critical health system issues, supporting multi-state learning collaboratives on multi-payer medical homes and on the alignment of state health information technology with health system transformation. She also completed PCORI-funded Roadmap to guide policymakers in the use of comparative effectiveness and patient-centered outcomes research. Prior to joining NASHP, she was a research associate at the Muskie School Public Service at the University of Southern Maine working with the state of Colorado to develop child development and kinship care training products for the child welfare division and the judicial sector. Past experience includes Maine Chapter Chairman of the Asperger’s Association of New England where she was responsible for supporting and advocating for families and children with autism spectrum disorders. Previously she practiced as a pediatrician in New England. She received her medical degree and undergraduate degree form McGill University and a Master’s degree in health policy and management from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.