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An effective advocate and policy analyst, Liz Arjun develops and advances healthcare programs at the local, state, and federal levels. Liz provides her clients with strategic direction and the ability to leverage partnerships and achieve consensus among diverse stakeholders.
Liz joined HMA from the King County government in Washington where she implemented the “King County Health and Human Services Transformation Plan”. This locally focused effort aimed at transforming the health and human services system from a crisis-oriented system to one that embraces recovery and prevention. Liz helped launch and facilitate two key projects in the transformation effort: physical and behavioral health integration and the Familiar Faces Initiative, a project focused on high utilizers of the King County Jail with a mental health and/or substance use disorder.
With the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Liz developed and implemented a strategic plan for education, outreach, and enrollment for the new healthcare marketplaces and Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. She served as a liaison between HHS and community organizations, state officials, and congressional offices in Washington, Idaho, Alaska, and Oregon.
As senior policy analyst for the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, Liz provided essential policy expertise and advocacy guidance to multiple state-based groups, helping them achieve landmark children’s healthcare coverage expansions and improvements in their respective states. She worked with state advocates to support the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act.
Liz began her career at the Children’s Alliance in Seattle where she co-led a statewide coalition of over 40 organizations which developed and passed legislation creating the Apple Health Program for Kids, establishing comprehensive Medicaid coverage for all Washington state children. Additionally, she worked for a safety net Medicaid managed care organization in Seattle.
As a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Liz worked with individuals with developmental disabilities to develop social and vocational skills and ensure successful employment opportunities – driving the passion Liz has for the comprehensive design of programs, policies, and systems that are inclusive of the most vulnerable populations.
Liz holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and theology from Saint Louis University. She earned her Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Washington.
Liz lives in Seattle with her husband and always tries to keep up with her two rowdy sons.