Abt Associates’ Medicaid expertise is crosses—and connects—sectors. Learn about our approaches to addressing the social determinants of health and meet some of our experts.
Frank Alexander, MPA, Vice President for Systems Innovation & Collaborative Ventures, focuses on operationalizing integrated, social determinants of health approaches to advance health and economic mobility for all, notably driving improvements in child and family well-being in the United States and around the world. Frank has served in executive leadership roles in government and philanthropy, and has extensive child welfare, Medicaid, public health, housing, and health care experience. He uses his proven leadership skills to build systems-wide transformational partnerships with federal/state/local governments, community-based organizations, private foundations/universities, business partners, and cross-sector delivery systems.
Vice President, State & Local Health Policy
Brady Augustine, Abt Associates’ Vice President of State & Local Health Policy, has over 25 years of health policy and data science experience with private sector firms and public agencies. His work spans multiple payer and provider types and covers all 50 states. During his time at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), he received numerous awards for his service in roles such as Senior Advisor to the Administrator—where he functioned as the “ESRD Czar”—and Senior Quality Advisor, where he served as senior staff to the Administrator’s Quality Council. As a result of his thought leadership, he has been appointed to multiple federal advisory committees covering the areas of health data, quality measurement, and payment reform.
Ian Breunig, Ph.D.
Ian Breunig is a Senior Associate and health economist in Abt’s Domestic Division. His work centers on using Medicaid and Medicare administrative databases to examine the impact of supportive services on housing stability. He also focuses on healthcare utilization among aged and disabled low-income beneficiaries, and the impacts of better integrated care on outcomes for Medicaid/CHIP-enrolled children with behavioral healthcare needs and at high risk of out-of-home placement. His project work additionally addresses the design of alternative payment models for Medicare and Medicaid and the effects on provider payments, utilization rates, and quality metrics.
Digital Health Director
Clint Eisenhower is an executive leader and manager with more than 21 years of experience serving and working in state and federal government agencies, including holding leadership roles at CMS’s Center for Program Integrity (CPI). His expertise lies in program integrity, enterprise risk management, process improvement, program and technology implementation and management, and operations. He leads Abt’s digital solutions, data, and analytics portfolio for CMS, and supports digital initiatives for state and local governments.
Sara Galantowicz is a Client Account Lead in Abt’s Domestic Division, who supports state Medicaid programs, CMS, and other clients to address healthcare access, quality, and disparities. She has more than 25 years of health policy, disability research and evaluation experience, with a focus on Medicaid, long-term services and supports, and quality measurement. Her expertise includes quality metrics and improvement, home and community-based services (HCBS), and housing as a social determinant of health. She has provided technical assistance (TA) directly to state Medicaid programs, as well as evaluated TA initiatives, and led survey development efforts designed to allow people with disabilities to report on their own experience.
Vice President, Digital Innovation and Analytics
Matt Gillingham is an economist and experienced healthcare data and analytics leader with more than two decades of experience developing innovative applications of data science, data analytics, and data, particularly Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial healthcare data. He has created and executed new offerings that include “as a service” solutions for data, data analytics, data science, data quality, data visualization, and health outcomes measurement. Gillingham has directed teams of up to 200 staff across business development and delivery functions, including teams of directors and deputy directors. Senior executives routinely placed him in critical enterprise and unit transformation roles.
Ann Loeffler has two decades of experience working with Medicaid providers, Medicaid enrollees, and those eligible for services but not enrolled. Trained in epidemiology and biomedical policy, she brings a program perspective, an implementation-science lens, and a focus on data analytics to Abt’s work. Over the past 10 years, Loeffler has served as a project lead for more than 15 federal projects involving program implementation and evaluation, including for populations served by Medicaid. She has worked with health center leaders in frontier, rural, and urban areas on strategic planning, market assessments, and growth strategies.
Caroline Logan, Ph.D.
Caroline Logan is an expert in state and federal health policy. Dr. Logan is trained in mixed methods policy evaluation and has over 15 years of experience conducting policy evaluations and managing data collection/acquisition and analysis focused on the impact of changes to health policy on access, beneficiary experience, and utilization. Her expertise includes healthcare financing and advanced payment models, state Medicaid policy innovations, and social determinants of health such as the intersection of housing and health and the integration of healthcare and social services.
Vice President and Account Lead, Health Policy
Susan Longley has more than 18 years of experience leading large-scale policy implementation and change management efforts for numerous federal clients, such as CMS. She has collaborated with key stakeholders to maintain mission-critical initiatives in areas such as health care quality, public reporting, performance measurement, and domestic preparedness. She has implemented growth and diversification strategies across multiple sectors, including health and homeland security.
Cori Sheedy, PhD
With 20 years of experience, Cori Kautz Sheedy is an evaluation, TA, and implementation expert in the areas of health services, behavioral health policy, health care integration, and care transformation. Dr. Sheedy leads projects for local, state, and federal agencies focused on Medicaid, social determinants of health, and long-term services and supports. She is an expert on behavioral health policy and programs, child and youth development, qualitative and mixed-methods research, and quality improvement activities. Her work aims to increase knowledge, influence change, implement innovations, and capture outcomes to improve supports, services, and systems for vulnerable populations.
Kaitlin Sheedy, MPH
Kaitlin Sheedy is a TA expert with over 12 years of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating community, state, and national programs. She directs a multi-million-dollar TA program to build the capacity of MassHealth Accountable Care Organizations and community-based organizations as part of the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program in Massachusetts. She designs and facilitates responsive and customized multi-modal TA and peer-to-peer learning opportunities for health care and community-based organizations, state health officials, researchers, and public health practitioners. Sheedy conducts large-scale qualitative data collection activities with state Medicaid agency representatives, social service providers, healthcare providers, state housing officials, and Medicaid beneficiaries to assess program implementation and impact.
Christine Tappan specializes in applying progressive practice, program, policy, strategy, and financial expertise across the health and human services spectrum. She brings more than 25 years of experience working in the public, social, and for-profit sectors, as well as primary and higher education, both in the United States and internationally. Throughout her career, she’s focused on building partnerships that use data and analytics to drive collaboration and integrate transformational change at key intersections of the social determinants of health, including early childhood, economic mobility, housing, behavioral health, child welfare, and juvenile justice.
Kristen Welker-Hood, Sc.D.
Kristen Welker-Hood brings 30 years of healthcare experience comprising acute and post-acute care nursing and public health to her work at Abt. Dr. Welker-Hood’s areas of research include clinical quality measurement, healthcare continuous improvement, addressing adverse social determinants of health, and chronic disease health disparities. Her policy experience includes working with federal representatives and elected officials on the national, state, and local levels to set policies driven to improve the lives of our most vulnerable populations. An experienced principal investigator, she has led efforts to improve care delivery for Veterans Health Administration Medical Centers and the Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Primary Health Care. She currently leads work on an Abt contract with CMS Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services on state Medicaid contract reviews.
Alan White is a nationally renowned health economist, highly respected for his creative, data-driven solutions to clients’ complex information and research needs. He has more than 25 years of experience on federal and state research projects. An expert in nursing home quality, payment, and policy, Dr. White has led Abt’s project supporting CMS’s Nursing Home Compare website and Five-Star Quality Rating System since 2008. He also leads a project for the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission that focuses on developing a methodology for measuring payments and costs for Medicaid nursing facility residents, building on his earlier research comparing acuity levels for Medicare and Medicaid residents. He is currently working with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to implement a new Medicaid payment system for nursing homes.
Katharine Witgert, MPH
Katharine Witgert is a health services researcher with 20 years of health care policy experience. She specializes in Medicaid policy as a platform to address the health and social needs of vulnerable populations, including women, children, and persons with disabilities. She leads mixed-methods program evaluations to assess program implementation and impact. She provides TA to state officials in implementing Medicaid reforms and building Medicaid agency partnerships with public health, behavioral health, and social services programs. Before coming to Abt, Witgert led work focused on systems of care for vulnerable populations at the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP).