Senior Program Officer

Shilpa Patel, PhD, is a senior program officer at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). In this role, she provides technical assistance to state Medicaid and public health teams participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 6|18 Initiative, which seeks to improve health and control health care costs in six high-burden health conditions. She leads the CHCS evaluation of the 6|18 TA delivery model. In collaboration with University of Chicago and Institute for Medicaid Innovation, she also supports CHCS’ Advancing Health Equity: Leading Care, Payment, and Systems Transformation initiative, which is bringing together state Medicaid directors, Medicaid managed care organizations, and clinical partners to pursue payment innovations that support health equity.

Prior to joining CHCS, Dr. Patel served as a program manager in the Section for Health Equity at the Department of Population Health of NYU Langone Health where she helped to develop culturally relevant community-clinical linkage models to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minority communities. As part of this work, she gained experience creating multi-sector collaborations to address community-level health disparities, as well as implementing and evaluating evidence-based policies and programs in community settings.

Dr. Patel has also held positions at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where she worked on community-based projects that sought to increase access and utilization of cancer-related services among vulnerable populations. She also completed the ASPH/CDC/PRC Minority Health Fellowship Program at the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.

Dr. Patel received her PhD in public health from New York University. She also holds a master’s degree in public health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University with a certificate in Comparative Effectiveness Outcomes Research, and a bachelor’s degree in public health and psychology from Rutgers University.