Katie Camacho Orona

Katie Camacho Orona

PhD Candidate in Health Policy (G1, Methods for Policy Research)

Katie Camacho Orona received her Bachelor of Arts with Honors and her Masters of Public Health from Brown University. While attending Brown University, Katie was the recipient of the 2017 Royce Fellowship for Sport & Society, the 2018 Milken Institute Future Health Leader Award, and the 2018 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Community Service. She was also a four-year member of the Division I Brown University Varsity Softball Team and finished her career with 246 strikeouts, ranking fourth all-time at Brown. Upon graduation, Katie served as the Health Policy Analyst at Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, a multi-issue children’s advocacy non-profit. Within this role she was a registered lobbyist in Rhode Island and prepared and delivered verbal testimony on over fifty bills and budget articles during the 2020 and 2021 Legislative Sessions on topics including Medicaid reform, tobacco control policies, codification of the Affordable Care Act, and strategies to expand healthcare access to low-income children and families. Additionally, she assisted Rhode Island State Legislators in the creation of bills to be introduced to the General Assembly including a bill to ensure that low-income undocumented children would receive Medicaid coverage, a bill to expand pregnancy-related Medicaid coverage to low-income women, and another to ensure that doula services would be eligible for reimbursement by both Medicaid and commercial health plans in an effort to address racial disparities in maternal and infant health. Katie is interested in studying strategies to improve health outcomes among children - with a particular focus on children of color - by enhancing the quality of preventative services for children through Medicaid reform and building a smarter safety net for children and families by exploring how to incentivize collaboration and alignment between safety net programs at the state and federal levels.

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