Priti Khanal, MPH is a program officer at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). In this role, she supports leadership and capacity building programs designed to ensure that state leaders have the skills, expertise, and tools necessary to achieve Medicaid’s potential. She currently works on initiatives focused on state-based policy and leadership training in New Jersey and California. She also supports the Medicaid Leadership Institute, which provides leadership training for Medicaid directors across the country. In addition to her work focused on leadership and capacity building, Ms. Khanal works on the Maternal Health Equity project.  

Prior to joining CHCS, Ms. Khanal served as a public health officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she worked on mitigating international travel-based communicable disease risk and building partnerships to enhance emergency preparedness and response in New Jersey communities. Ms. Khanal also supported projects for the New Jersey Department of Health on novel influenza workforce training and public education.

Ms. Khanal also worked in clinical operations management at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center’s family planning services where she gained an intimate perspective on the provider-patient experience, especially related to care coordination for low-income patients.

Ms. Khanal holds a master’s degree in public health from Rutgers School of Public Health, where she concentrated in epidemiology. She completed her undergraduate degree in public health and women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University — Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Douglass Residential College.