Armelle Casau, PhD, is a senior program officer at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) on the child health quality team. In this role, she works with state agencies, health care providers, early childhood care and education partners, family representatives, community-based organizations, and funders to support innovative child health quality improvement initiatives as well as alignment efforts across child health and early childhood systems. She is currently leading the Accelerating Child Health Transformation, Aligning Early Childhood and Medicaid, and Opportunities for Pediatric Autoantibody Screening in Medicaid projects.
Prior to joining CHCS, Armelle 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-generational 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 (STEM) 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.
Armelle holds a PhD from Princeton University and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Texas, both in molecular biology.