Sunita Krishnan served as Senior Manager at AcademyHealth until November 2022. Ms. Krishnan managed the day-to-day activities of the Evidence-Informed State Health Policy Institute that aims to increase the use of relevant, timely and translatable evidence in state policymaking to improve health and health care quality, outcomes, equity, accessibility and affordability. In this role, Sunita supported numerous Medicaid focused projects that leverage AcademyHealth’s Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network (MODRN), State University Partnership Learning Network (SUPLN), and the Medicaid Medical Directors Network (MMDN). Her key job responsibilities included project management, qualitative research, synthesizing key policy inventories, writing policy reports, briefs, and blogs, and developing future Medicaid programming for AcademyHealth. Prior to joining AcademyHealth, Ms. Krishnan worked as a health policy research assistant for the Healthcare Value Hub, where she wrote research reports on various health value and quality topics, such as telehealth, patient-shared decision making, pharmaceutical costs, and more. She also interned at American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) as a legislative fellow where she provided research support on state legislation pertaining to long-term care and logistical support for meetings. Sunita graduated with her B.S. in biology and public health from the University of Minnesota and received her M.P.H., specializing in health policy from The George Washington University.
The Evidence-Informed State Health Policy Institute (ESHPI) developed a Post-COVID-related research agenda, funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Engagement Award Program, exploring how Medicaid can examine the long-term impact on beneficiaries and the program.
NASTAD (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors), in partnership with AcademyHealth and the University of California San Francisco, are working to build state capacity to improve the collection and reporting of important HIV data through collaboration between Medicaid and HIV programs across 10 states.
The Evidence-Informed State Health Policy Institute (ESHPI) developed a COVID-19-related research agenda exploring how Medicaid can examine the long-term impact on beneficiaries and the program.
Informed by discussant interviews, this report highlights themes in successful state-based maternal health data linkage initiatives, gaps in implementing such initiatives, and the status of current data linkages to address maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity.