John divides his time between the Office of Government Relations and the Office of Community Health as Director of Community Relations and Partnerships at Boston Children`s. His primary responsibility is to establish strategic partnerships to advance the hospital`s health agenda and inform children`s health policy. John also coordinates the hospital`s work with local governments. Previously, he served as Director of Commercial and Civic Affairs for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Boston. John is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and holds a master`s degree in urban and regional planning from Harvard University. Josh is currently Vice President of Government Relations at Boston Children`s Hospital. His main responsibilities are overseeing tax and policy matters, including work on Medicaid/CHIP, quality of pediatric care, child/health issues, research and medical education. Josh has served on the boards of the Children`s Hospital Association and the Massachusetts Hospital Association, and has served on the boards of several legal aid organizations. Josh is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Northeastern University School of Law Sarah (she) is the State Government Relations Specialist in the Office of Government Relations at Boston Children`s Hospital. It is responsible for advancing state legislation that would improve children`s health outcomes and address the social determinants of health. She also works with the Children`s Advocacy Network (CAN) to help members contribute to the hospital`s policy and legislative efforts. Previously, Sarah worked for the Massachusetts Legislature for a state representative. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and Simmons University.
Amanda (she) serves as a link between clinicians at Boston Children`s Hospital and the Office of Government Relations, providing training and facilitating clinician engagement. Her research focuses on children seen in the emergency room for homelessness, screening and treatment of the social determinants of health, and other projects in the area of health equity and policy. She has been involved in legislative advocacy to improve access to shelters for families affected by homelessness, as well as various other child health issues. Amanda received her Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, her Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed residency training in the Urban Health and Advocacy Pathway at the Boston Combined Residency Program (Boston Medical Center and Boston Children`s Hospital) and completed postgraduate training in pediatric emergency medicine at Boston Children`s Hospital, followed by an Advocacy and Public Policy Fellowship at the Office of Government Relations. Amara is the director of behavioral health policy and advocacy at Boston Children`s Hospital. She is responsible for advancing the hospital`s behavioral health program at the local, state, and national levels to expand access to high-quality behavioral health care for all children. Amara works closely with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and also takes strategic direction and leadership to advance the policy goals of the Children`s Mental Health Campaign. Prior to joining the government relations team, Amara worked in the General Counsel`s Office at Boston Children`s Hospital, where she implemented and staffed the hospital`s first forensic partnership program. Amara also served as Assistant Attorney General in the Division of Health Care in the Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Clerk of the Delaware Family Court.
She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and George Washington University School of Law. Shannon is the Director of State Government Relations in the Office of Government Relations at Boston Children`s Hospital. She is responsible for promoting the hospital`s legislative and policy program at the state level to support children`s access to and coverage of health and promote equal opportunities and positive health outcomes. Shannon brings her government experience from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she was Director of Legislative Affairs, as well as previous positions in the Massachusetts Legislature. Shannon holds a bachelor`s degree in public relations from Boston University and a master`s degree in public affairs from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Kate is a Senior Project Manager in the Office of Government Relations at Boston Children`s Hospital. It supports projects of strategic importance to the company and monitors the policy and regulatory environment to ensure that hospital professionals contribute in a timely manner to regulatory developments and child health policy issues at the federal and state levels. Prior to joining Boston Children`s, Kate was a Senior Policy Analyst with Community Catalyst`s Children`s Health Team, where she led the organization`s efforts related to the reimbursement of the Children`s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Kate holds a bachelor`s degree in history of science and medicine from Yale University and a master`s degree in health policy and management from harvard school of public health. Amy DeLong joined the Government Relations Office at Boston Children`s Hospital in February 2009. As Director of Federal and Foreign Relations, she leads the development and implementation of Boston Children`s federal legislative and regulatory agenda, while ensuring that hospital professionals participate in the national and local political landscape.
She ensures that Boston Children`s makes a significant contribution and is a leader in policy issues related to the quality of pediatric care, access, medical research and academic medicine. She represents Boston Children`s in government and health communities in New England and beyond. Focus: Health Equity/Access, Gun Safety, Areas of Mental Health Areas of Focus: Federal Government, Medicaid, Research Policy, Medical Education Focus: Social Determinants of Health, Voter Registration, Tax Policy, Global Health Jean is a member of the Office of Government Relations and an Emergency Medicine Fellow at Boston Children`s Hospital. Their interests include interventions for voter mobilization, tax policy and global health. She has lobbied locally, stately, and nationally with the American Academy of Pediatrics. Jean holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Harvard College, a Master of Philosophy in Evidence-Based Social Intervention from the University of Oxford in England, and a Doctor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of California, San Francisco as part of the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) program. Alexia (she) is a Government Relations Specialist in the Office of Government Relations at Boston Children`s Hospital, where she supports the team in promoting equitable changes in health policy to improve the overall health of all children in the Commonwealth. Her work focuses on equal access to pediatric behavioral health care; As part of this work, she collaborates with the Children`s Mental Health Campaign. Prior to joining the Government Relations team, Alexia spent three years as an administrative staff member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Alexia holds a Bachelor of Science in Behavior and Health from Boston University and a Master of Public Health from Boston University`s School of Public Health. Focus: State Government, Health Equity, Social Determinants of Health Focus: Health Policy, Health Management, Health Research Amy previously worked in Washington, D.C., as Senior Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), where she dealt with social policy issues with a focus on health care. Prior to working at the Capitol, Amy was a member of the government relations staff of the Children`s Defense Fund, a non-profit organization focused on developing and promoting public policy to support children and families. Focus: Public Health, State Government, Social Determinants of Health, Housing Instability, Health Equity Areas of Focus: Behavioral Health Policy, Patient Advocacy, Children`s Mental Health Campaign Areas of Focus: Public Policy, Access to Health Care, Medicaid, Consumer Issues, Health System Transformation Areas of Interest: Municipal Government, Community Partnerships Areas of Interest: State Government, Public Policy, Massachusetts Medicaid Amrit is a member of advocacy and public policy at the Office of Government Relations and a second-year fellow in congenital cardiology at Boston Children`s Hospital. His interests include firearms safety, improving access to care for adolescents and young adults with special health needs, and educating communities about improving cardiovascular health. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Michigan. He completed a residency in internal medicine, pediatrics, a year of senior pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Michigan Children`s Hospital. Rebeckah is a Business and Operations Administrator in the Office of Government Relations and the Office of Community Health at Boston Children`s Hospital. She manages back-end operations for both offices, with a particular focus on budget, finance, human resources, regulatory compliance and process improvement. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Rebeckah worked for a time in the private and nonprofit sectors before moving into healthcare.
She joined Boston Children`s in 2014.