Eddy Fernandez joined NASHP in June 2019 as a research analyst with the Child and Family Health Team. He is involved with projects related to maternal and child health, behavioral health, and policy innovation. Prior to joining NASHP, Eddy was a health policy intern at the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. He has also worked with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services where he researched strategies to increase uptake in state benefit programs, such as Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP, and WIC. Additionally, he has worked with the Chatham County Public Health Department to perform an assessment of the county’s mental health, substance use disorder prevention and treatment, and intellectual and developmental disability systems. Fernandez graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019, where he majored in health policy and management.