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Katie Martino has expertise in women’s reproductive health, maternal and child health (MCH), and healthcare policy. She is skilled in health services research, writing, policy analysis, and stakeholder engagement. Her commitment to promoting evidence-based practices shines through her work as she helps clients evaluate the success of public health interventions, assess the impact of proposed and current policies, and use these findings to inform decisions about policy and program development.
As an experienced policy analyst well-versed in state and national healthcare reform, Katie brings a unique perspective to HMA’s Community Strategies (HMACS) team. During the height of Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation, Katie worked in Washington, DC, at Pac/West Communications, which specializes in healthcare policy. She represented a diverse portfolio of clients including health plans, physician associations, health IT companies, state and local governments, community-based organizations, and non-profits. Through this experience, she developed an intimate understanding of the policymaking process. She also learned how to assess policies and programs from multiple viewpoints and effectively leverage shared interests across stakeholder groups to improve population health outcomes. Most notably, Katie played a significant role supporting a team that was deeply involved with the transformation of Oregon’s Medicaid program into a system of Coordinated Care Organizations—a section 1115 Waiver demonstration project that has successfully advanced the triple aim of improved health through better care and lower costs.
More recently, Katie’s work has focused on women’s reproductive health and MCH. She joined HMACS from the Women’s & Children’s Health Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University where she supported a federally-funded initiative that helps state Title V MCH Services Block Grant programs develop evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies to improve national performance measures. She co-authored an evidence review on strategies to promote well-woman visits and prepared a corresponding policy brief that Title V program directors used to inform development of their five-year state action plans.
Prior to that, Katie worked alongside the nation’s leading experts in women’s health at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). There, she developed evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and toolkits to support providers with health promotion and disease management in a variety of areas pertaining to reproductive health. Katie also helped ACOG secure $950,000 in federal grant funding to launch the national Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI). Through this initiative, she convened a coalition of health professional organizations and consumer and patient advocates to review and update the federally-supported package of clinical preventive services that are required to be covered at no cost to women. A summary of the WPSI final report and much of Katie’s other work has been published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, ACOG’s official medical journal.
Katie is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she earned her Master of Public Health concentrating in women’s and reproductive health and received a certificate in MCH. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public health and a minor in political science from The George Washington University and is certified in public health.
An Oregon native, Katie currently lives in downtown Los Angeles with her husband and enjoys running, yoga, outdoor sports, traveling, and cooking.