Staff

Arien joined NASHP in 2018.  As the Conference & Events Coordinator, she plays an important role in contributing to the success of NASHP’s flagship event, the Annual State Health Policy Conference, as well as project-based events, all of which convene members of the state health policy community from across the country in an effort to advance state health policy and practice.  Arien has been working in Events and Marketing for 6+ years and has extensive experience with event production and management, multi-channel marketing campaigns, and social media strategy. Arien holds a dual Bachelors of Science in Business Marketing and Health […]

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  • Christine Kukka, Publications Director

    Christine Kukka joined NASHP as its publications director and editor of its weekly e-newsletter in August 2017. She has many years of experience writing about health care access, cost, and equity, starting when she worked as a news reporter covering the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Since then, she has written about health care for numerous […]

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    November 27, 2017 | Filed under: Bio, Staff

  • Jerin Philip, Policy Associate

    Jerin Philip, Policy Associate, at the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) contributes to the Emerging Policy Issues team, which focuses on states’ efforts to finance, provide and improve coverage and care through private and publicly subsidized health programs. Jerin participates in multiple projects that focus on lowering prescriptions drug prices and improving access to […]

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    May 30, 2017 | Filed under: Bio, Staff

  • Jane Horvath, Senior Policy Fellow

    Jane Horvath, NASHP Senior Policy Fellow, is an experienced health policy analyst and policymaker. She has a deep background in Medicaid, commercial insurance markets and regulation, Medicare, and prescription drug pricing and reimbursement. Prior to joining NASHP, Jane most recently worked in the private sector as a consultant to life sciences foundations and advocacy organizations. […]

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    March 8, 2017 | Filed under: Bio, Staff

  • Derica Smith, Policy Associate

    Derica Smith joined NASHP in December 2016 as a Policy Associate on the Child and Family Health Team. Derica works on projects related to maternal and infant health. Prior to joining NASHP, Derica held positions at the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration in the Division of Medicaid, Bureau of Medicaid Policy. Derica received her […]

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    January 4, 2017 | Filed under: Bio, Staff

  • Anisha Agrawal, Research Analyst

    Anisha Agrawal joined NASHP in January 2017 as a Research Analyst on the Child and Family Health Team. Anisha works on projects related to Medicaid managed care, maternal and infant health, children with chronic and complex health conditions, and performance quality measures. Prior to joining NASHP, Anisha has held positions at the U.S. Senate HELP […]

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    January 4, 2017 | Filed under: Bio, Staff

  • Ali Sullivan, Conference and Events Coordinator

    Alinda Sullivan joined NASHP in July 2016. Her first project was to work exclusively with the communications team on NASHP’s 29th Annual State Health Policy Conference and several simultaneous project meetings. Prior to joining NASHP, Ali received her Master’s Degree in International Security and Conflict Management from the University of Kent in Canterbury, the UK’s […]

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    December 7, 2016 | Filed under: Bio, Staff

  • Catherine Hess

    Catherine Hess rejoined the NASHP staff as a part time Policy Fellow in May, 2016 to work on the State Innovation Model (SIM) evaluation. She previously was part of the NASHP team from 2005 to 2015, starting as a Senior Program Director and eventually serving as the Managing Director for Coverage and Access. She worked […]

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    November 1, 2016 | Filed under: Bio, Staff

  • Olivia Bacon

    Olivia Bacon joined NASHP in September 2016 as a Research Analyst with the Emerging Policy Issues team, where she works on projects related to children’s healthcare coverage, evidence-based policy making, and healthcare delivery reform. Prior to joining NASHP, Olivia interned at the Somerville Community Health Agenda within the Cambridge Health Alliance where she worked on […]

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    October 3, 2016 | Filed under: Bio, Staff

  • Becky Normile, Policy Associate

    Becky Normile joined NASHP in September 2016 as a policy associate on the Child and Family Team, where she focuses on issues related to children and youth with special health care needs, children’s developmental and behavioral health, and women’s health. Prior to joining NASHP, Becky served as a research associate for AcademyHealth’s State Policy and […]

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    September 16, 2016 | Filed under: Bio, Staff