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Kimá Joy Taylor
Nonresident Fellow
Health Policy Center
  • Profile
  • Outside Affiliations
  • Kimá Joy Taylor is the founder of Anka Consulting, a health care consulting firm, and a nonresident fellow at the Urban Institute. Taylor collaborates with Urban Institute researchers on a number of topics, including analyses of racial disparities in screening and treatment practices for parents with substance use disorder, management of neonatal abstinence syndrome at hospitals in California, and prevention and early detection of mental and behavioral health problems among adolescents and young adults.

    She most recently served as the director of the Open Society Foundations’ National Drug Addiction Treatment and Harm Reduction Program. She oversaw grantmaking that supported the expansion of access to a nonpunitive continuum of integrated, evidence-informed, and culturally effective substance use disorder services. Before joining the Open Society Foundations, Taylor served as deputy commissioner for the Baltimore City Health Department, a health and social policy legislative assistant for Senator Sarbanes, and a pediatrician at a federally qualified health center in Washington, DC. Taylor is a graduate of Brown University, Brown University School of Medicine, and the Georgetown University residency program in pediatrics. In 2002, Taylor was awarded a Commonwealth Foundation fellowship in minority health policy at Harvard University.

    Research Areas
    Race and equity
    Health and health care

    Outside Affiliations
    Healthy Schools Campaign
    Friends Research
    Center for Health Care Strategies
    CDC Foundation
    American Academy of Pediatrics

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