I feel incredibly fortunate to be studying health policy; it’s an analytically challenging and ever-changing field that is data-rich and that touches all of our lives.
Genevieve M. Kenney is a vice president and senior fellow in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute. She is a nationally renowned expert on Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and health insurance coverage; health care access and quality; and health outcomes for low-income adults, children, and families. She has played a lead role in several Medicaid and CHIP evaluations, including multiple congressionally mandated CHIP evaluations, and has conducted state-level evaluations of the implementation of managed care and other service delivery reform initiatives and policy changes in Medicaid and CHIP. Currently, she is leading a project for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focused on health equity that involves working with a community advisory board. In other work, she is assessing Medicaid policies aimed at improving outcomes in the postpartum period and increasing receipt of evidence-based treatment for substance use disorder. Her prior work has used mixed methods to examine Medicaid expansions for pregnant women, parents, and children; Medicaid family planning waivers; and a range of policy choices related to Medicaid and CHIP. She received a master’s degree in statistics and a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Michigan.