Communications Associate

Emma Opthof, MPH, CHES, is a communications associate at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). In this role, she supports communications efforts across CHCS’ complex care initiatives, including the Better Care Playbook, Advancing Integrated Models, and the Complex Care Innovation Lab.

Prior to joining CHCS, Ms. Opthof held various roles at Montclair State University, serving as a graduate research assistant for the Department of Public Health, a health promotion assistant for the Office of Health Promotion, and a research assistant for the Trauma & Resilience Lab. In addition, Ms. Opthof worked as a research and evaluation intern at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she analyzed citywide survey data on the health outcomes of justice-involved individuals and created patient-facing materials for a Public Health Detailing kit. She also conducted research on data platforms, social determinants of health screening tools, and health care payment models to inform the Health Justice Network – a pilot project focused on improving the health of persons with justice involvement through connections to primary care and social service organizations.

Ms. Opthof has a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in community health education and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Montclair State University. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist.