Senior Program Officer

Armelle Casau, PhD, is a senior program officer at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). In this role, she works with state agencies, policymakers, health care providers, early childhood care and education advocates, national and community-based organizations, and funders to support innovative child health quality improvement initiatives as well as align child health and early childhood systems. She is currently leading the Accelerating Child Health Transformation and Aligning Early Childhood and Medicaid projects and is assisting the Center for Family Voice project.

Prior to joining CHCS, Dr. Casau worked as a senior research and policy analyst at New Mexico Voices for Children, where she conducted in-depth policy research, engaged in coalition building, and worked with legislators and agency staff to advocate for policy and systems change that improve child and family well-being. Policy expertise includes health equity, Health in All Policies, early childhood care and education programs, two-generation strategies, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. In previous roles, she also worked on systems building, partnership development, and strategic planning with organizations focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education and spent two years in West Africa, working on public health outreach programs with Population Services International, as part of her Peace Corps service.

Dr. Casau holds a PhD from Princeton University and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Texas, both in molecular biology.