Dr. Adaeze Enekwechi is a leading voice in health equity and evidence-based health policy making. She is committed to building a health care system that evolves beyond its current piecemeal, short-term approach to big challenges in order to meaningfully improve access to equitable, quality health care for all Americans.
Dr. Enekwechi most recently served as the President of IMPAQ, a policy research and implementation company focused on health, workforce, and advanced analytics. In that role, she provided strategic oversight of all research, technical assistance, and technology services across all policy and program areas at IMPAQ. She also led the organization’s work on health equity, advancing ideas for how policymakers, payers, and providers can meaningfully engage for meaningful, measurable change in quality, costs, and outcomes.
She served as the Associate Director for Health Programs at the White House Office of Management and Budget under President Obama, where she provided policy, management, and regulatory oversight for over $1 trillion in spending on a range of programs across all federal health agencies. These agencies and oversight areas included the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and policy and spending negotiations for Medicaid, the Zika virus, and other public health funding requests.
Dr. Enekwechi is highly experienced with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation, playing a key role in driving ACA budget, policy, strategy, and operational coordination with various agencies, including the Department of Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Office of Personnel Management, among others. She has also served in executive leadership positions at consulting firms focused on evaluating Medicare payment policies, helping private equity companies review healthcare marketplaces, and using advanced analytics to support healthcare policy implementation.
Dr. Enekwechi completed a BA at the University of Iowa, an MPP at the American University, and a PhD in Health Services and Policy from the University of Iowa. She completed postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago. Her research area covers the aging population and Medicare, health equity for vulnerable populations, and evidence-based policymaking.
Dr. Enekwechi is a Research Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. Her teaching focuses on federal health policy, the US health care infrastructure, health equity, and evidence-based policymaking. She also serves on the boards of directors and advisors for a number of health care organizations.