Priti Khanal, MPH is a senior 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 maximize Medicaid’s potential in ensuring adequate access to care and improving quality and health equity. She manages the Medicaid Leadership Institute, which provides leadership training and coaching to state Medicaid directors across the country. She also works on initiatives focused on state-based leadership training and organizational capacity building for senior leaders in California and New Jersey. In addition to her work in leadership and capacity building, Priti manages projects that focus on improving maternal health outcomes.

Prior to joining CHCS, Priti 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. Priti also supported projects for the New Jersey Department of Health on novel influenza workforce training and public education.

Priti 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.

Priti 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.

In her spare time, Priti loves to travel and is an outdoor and adventure enthusiast. She enjoys hiking, camping, biking, paddle boarding, picnicking, taking nature walks, sitting by a bonfire, or just basking in the sun.