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Graduate Degree: Boston University School of Public Health
Undergraduate Degree: Harvard University
Area of Interest: Mental Health Issues
Mentors: Joan Wallace-Benjamin, The Home for Little Wanderers and Justin Pasquariello, Children's HealthWatch
Agency: Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission
Supervisor: Commissioner Dolores Mitchell
Project Description: As a Fellow at the Group Insurance Commission, Heidi conducted a study regarding care integration and managed behavioral health organizations. She spoke to over 75 different stakeholders – including legislators, numbers state government officials, academics and policy experts, providers / health systems, insurance executives, and advocacy organizations – to determine their opinions and ascertain best practices for incentivizing integration. She ultimately wrote a white paper with policy recommendations for the GIC, a condensed version of which she intends to publish in a peer-reviewed journal. She also wrote internal memos suggesting improvements to the agency’s current behavioral health contracts.