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Genevieve M. Kenney
Vice President, Health Policy
Senior Fellow
Health Policy Center
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.

Research Areas
Health and health care
Children and youth
Immigrants and immigration
Race and equity
Social determinants of health
Kids in context
From Safety Net to Solid Ground
Immigrant access to the safety net
Families with low incomes
Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program