Heidi Emerson, PhD, MPH
Heidi Emerson is a collaborative healthcare professional with a wide range of experience working with health centers, associations, government agencies and research organizations to guide program development, performance and quality improvement, collaboration and strategic planning. Heidi’s work has focused on a data-driven approach to managing programs and projects, health policy, and research to increase access to quality healthcare for underserved and vulnerable populations.
Before joining HMA as a senior consultant, she served as the deputy director and manager of State Affairs for the National Association of Community Health Centers where she was instrumental in developing and coordinating state health policy projects focusing on healthcare workforce, Medicaid and the Marketplace, and telehealth. In this role, she managed a multi-year project to support health center and hospital partnerships at the national and local levels.
Previously, Heidi served as director of planning for the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center where she advised and guided leadership through strategic planning, special projects, and relationship and coalition building. At the New York Academy of Medicine, she led and managed research and evaluation studies about access to care, quality improvement, enabling services, and health disparities. She has authored publications, coordinated webinars and workgroups, and presented at national and local conferences.
Heidi earned her PhD in developmental genetics from New York University, her Master of Public Health in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and her bachelor’s degree in English and biological sciences from Stanford.
She enjoys scuba diving and taking trips to warm, sunny places with her family.