Senior Program Officer

Anna Spencer, MPH, is a senior program officer for the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). As part of CHCS’ Complex Care Innovation Lab, Ms. Spencer is directing work focused on uncovering best practices related to authentic consumer engagement between health care organizations and the communities they serve. She leads technical assistance efforts related to the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Innovation’s State Innovation Model program, working with participating states as they design and test new care delivery and payment models to demonstrate improvements in quality of care at lower costs. Previously, Ms. Spencer co-led work on the Advancing CBO/HC Partnerships to Address Social Determinants of Health project, which sought to uncover the core elements and success factors of community-based organization and health care partnerships to address the social issues that influence health outcomes.

Prior to joining CHCS, Ms. Spencer was a qualitative researcher and health policy analyst at the Urban Institute studying payment and delivery system reforms aimed at improving health care quality and reducing costs. She previously worked for Grantmakers In Health, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to supporting the field of health philanthropy. She also worked as a program manager at the National Conference of State Legislatures providing technical assistance to state legislators and legislative staff, and for eight years served as the managing editor of State Health Notes.

Ms. Spencer holds a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University’s Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health.