Susan Kennedy is a Senior Manager at AcademyHealth supporting a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) grant focused on collaborating with various organizations and stakeholder groups to influence health care payment reform so that it supports community-wide population health.

In this role, she helps key stakeholders identify, research and solve problems related to implementing community health-focused payment models that have been identified through planned barriers analysis and stakeholder engagement processes. She also serves as the Manager for the State University Partnership Learning Network, which works to support evidence-based state health policy and practice with a focus on transforming Medicaid-based healthcare, including improving the patient experience, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of healthcare.

Prior to joining AcademyHealth, Susan served as a Consultant with Health Systems participating in the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program where she assessed current primary care approaches to chronic disease management, as well as, quality improvement efforts in care management to identify gaps and best practices that would inform recommendations for improvements across the health system’s practices. Earlier, in her career, she worked as a Senior Health Policy Analyst with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Division of Health Care Finance and Policy and as a Consultant with the Advisory Board’s Financial Leadership Council. She also worked as a Care Coordinator with Evergreen Healthcare’s Evergreen Care Network. She received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Trinity College and her M.P.P and M.S.W. from the University of Michigan. Most recently, she completed a Professional Program in Health Advocacy at the University of California, Berkeley.

Authored by Susan Kennedy, M.P.P., M.S.W.


Four Elements that Influence Payment Reform for Population Health

AcademyHealth's Payment Reform for Population Health team identified four major element domains that influence the conditions and collaborations associated with how health care purchasers, plans, and providers might support strategies for sustainable funding and financing activities and infrastructure that can bolster non-clinical community-wide population health.