Gabriela Alcalde, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

TITLE: Vice President of Policy & Program

FOCUS AREAS: Access to healthcare, local public health, children’s health, smoke-free lifestyle, disease prevention

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PROFILE: Gabriela Alcalde has been with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky since 2012, starting as a health policy director and now serving as the vice president of Policy and Program. She was previously self-employed as a policy, public health, and community engagement consultant. Before that, she was the executive director of the Kentucky Health Justice Network.

Her professional bio shares:

Gabriela joined the Foundation in 2012 as Health Policy Director and is now Vice President of Policy and Program. Her responsibilities include implementing the Foundation’s Strategic Plan, providing oversight to Program Officers, the Community Research Officer, and interns, and working closely with the Communications Director. Gabriela is the lead on the Foundation’s health policy work.She has experience in the government, nonprofit, academic, and community sectors, including qualitative research, community engagement, policy analysis and development, program development and implementation, capacity building, advocacy, and writing for various audiences. She has been active on boards and coalitions addressing public health policy, health equity, and communities of color. She holds a Doctor of Public Health in Health Administration from the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University; and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Louisville.

Alcalde’s LinkedIn profile shares the following information about her current position:

Lead position for one of two Foundation initiatives, Promoting Responsive Health Policy. Work includes building and maintaining positive relationships with policymakers; policy research and analysis, as well as oversight of contractors performing such work; issue framing and communication; monitoring of grantees; providing technical assistance and facilitating learning opportunities. Responsibilities also include oversight of a multi-year, mixed methods research project to assess the implementation of Medicaid Managed Care in Kentucky. Other duties include assessing health policy priorities through research, and ongoing communication with national, regional, and local organizations; developing policy briefs, reports, and presentations; and identifying research priorities for Foundation resources.

To learn more about her background, read the Southeastern Council of Foundation’s member highlight about her. You can also read some of her articles on the Health Affairs Blog.