Susan Kennedy

Susan Kennedy, MPP, MSW, is the director of AcademyHealth’s Evidence-Informed State Health Policy Institute, where she manages the full portfolio of state-focused networks and projects. She serves as program director for the State-University Partnership Learning Network, a learning network that works to collaboratively support evidence-based state health policy and practice with a focus on transforming Medicaid-based health care. This work includes improving the patient experience with care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care. In this capacity, she leads the administrative coordinating center for the Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network (MODRN), which was established to enable cross-state Medicaid analyses to inform critical Medicaid policy and program decisions. She is also the program director for the Medicaid Medical Directors Network (MMDN), a learning network focused on the development and use of evidence-based medicine, measurement and improvement of health care quality, and the redesign of health care delivery systems. She received her MPP and MSW from the University of Michigan. She also completed a professional program in health advocacy at the University of California, Berkeley.