Carrie Graham, PhD is the director of aging and disability policy at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). In this role, she oversees CHCS’ portfolio of work to improve care delivery for older adults and people with disability who need long-term services and supports (LTSS).
Dr. Graham has been working in the field of aging and disability research, health policy, and evaluation for 20 years. Prior to CHCS, she was an adjunct professor at the Institute for Health and Aging at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). In that role she was the principal investigator of several studies examining how different aspects of health reform in California have impacted health care and LTSS for seniors and people with disabilities, including most recently a mixed-methods evaluation of California’s efforts to integrate care for dually eligible beneficiaries in managed care delivery systems. She also evaluated consumer-directed organizations that work to promote aging in communities. Dr. Graham specializes in using a participatory evaluation approach that privileges the voices and experiences of consumers and stakeholders in all phases of evaluation.
In 2018, she spent the year in Washington DC as a health and aging policy fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Ways and Means, Health Subcommittee. In this role, she worked on Medicare policy including prescription drug pricing, skilled nursing facilities, post-acute care, surprise billing, and Federal financing options for LTSS. After returning to California in 2019, she was a senior policy advisor to Governor Newsom’s Master Plan for Aging.
Dr. Graham holds a doctorate in medical sociology from UCSF and a master’s degree in gerontological studies from the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from University of California, San Diego in sociology and African studies.