With a background in health policy research, Raisa Alam has a strong understanding of and interest in healthcare delivery systems, Medicaid, and Medicare reform. She has experience managing projects, developing and editing technical content, and collecting and analyzing data.
Before joining HMA, she completed a Master of Public Health with a certificate in health policy and law. While working toward her master’s degree, she completed graduate-level projects including writing and presenting a policy brief, Proposal to Supplement Colorado’s Reinsurance Program with Cost-Sharing Reduction Subsidies, as well as working on a campaign strategy proposal, Healthcare For All Maryland – Health Equity Resource Communities Initiative.
Raisa served as a COVID-19 vaccine equity data intern with the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Racial Equity and Health Policy Program, where she collected, cleaned, and analyzed data on vaccination rates by race and ethnicity from state websites. In addition, she worked as a research assistant on a pilot study to develop a longitudinal database of state-level Medicaid policies, where she documented and analyzed regulations on eligibility, program operations, and cost sharing. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she worked as a Starbucks COVID Community Information Exchange Policy Coder where she identified, interpreted, and coded relevant COVID-19 state and local regulations for the food and restaurant industry.
An avid volunteer, Raisa worked with the Academic Health Department Consortium Academic Public Health Volunteer Corps to provide assistance to local public health departments during the pandemic. She earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and behavior from Barnard College of Columbia University and a Master of Public Health with a certificate in health policy and law from the Boston University School of Public Health.