Desmond Banks

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Desmond Banks, PhD, MPH

Senior Consultant – HMA MMS

Washington, DC

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(202) 785-3669

Desmond Banks has more than 12 years of experience in research and evaluation of social determinants of health among Medicaid beneficiaries and vulnerable populations. Dr. Banks has designed, implemented, and evaluated care coordination activities within Section 1115(a) Medicaid demonstrations, including the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) and within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) State Innovation Models (SIMs).

Desmond has provided technical assistance and evaluation services to several states seeking to improve health outcomes among its Medicaid population. Dr. Banks has worked as a case manager for substance abuse treatment participants receiving Medicaid in the Bronx in New York City. Dr. Banks ensured participants complied with Medicaid eligibility policies, such re-authorization, as well ensured participants progressed through the individualized treatment plans, which included goals related to substance abuse, housing, education, employment, mental health, and physical health.

Desmond earned his doctor of philosophy degree in public health policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he also earned a certificate in health disparities. He earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Columbia University and a master of public health from Hunter College−City University of New York.