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 with teams of staff to develop and implement initiatives focused on children’s coverage, eligibility and enrollment, access to care and the safety net, dental care, maternal and child health, population health, and health care reform among other areas.
Before joining NASHP, Ms. Hess served for 14 years as the first Executive Director for the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), which represents state public health officials. Prior to developing the AMCHP national organization, Ms. Hess served as Policy Director for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Division of Family Health Services, where among other accomplishments, she was key in creating Healthy Start, a cutting edge state funded maternity care insurance program. She is the recipient of numerous awards, and has participated in many national committees and task forces. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, and a master’s in social work from Boston University.