Health Policy Director
Nancy Baum is health policy director at CHRT. She leads CHRT’s work developing and managing health policy projects in health care reform, health status improvement, access to health care, local public health, and behavioral health. Nancy has deep expertise in the areas of mental health and substance use services, including coverage policy and provider payment in Medicaid and private insurance, workforce challenges and innovations, integrated care models and jail diversion programs.
From 2010 – 2015, Nancy served as CHRT’s team lead for policy analytics, directing data analysis and developing public information to illuminate health care trends in Michigan and across the nation. Prior to her work at CHRT, Nancy was a research health science specialist at the Center for Excellence within the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Ann Arbor, where she supported a national evaluation of the primary care-mental health integration program. She also served as a lecturer both at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and at the Eastern Michigan University School of Health Sciences. And before moving to Michigan, Nancy worked as a policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C., where she reviewed major health care reform proposals, wrote Congressional testimony, and provided technical assistance to Congressional staff.
Nancy earned her PhD from the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and her MHS from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She served as a board member for the Washtenaw Community Health Organization (predecessor to Washtenaw County Community Mental Health and the Community Mental Health Partnership of Southeast Michigan) from 2013 to 2015.
- Equity in health and functioning for adults from marginalized communities with physical, cognitive, sensory and developmental disabilities
- Exploring public health and primary care integration opportunities and challenges
- Applying complex systems modeling to understand and strengthen Washtenaw County’s local acute mental health crisis care system
- Innovative approaches to the behavioral health workforce shortage. Presented June 7, 2022 to National Conference of State Legislatures Convening.
- Addressing gaps in the behavioral health workforce. Presented October 4, 2022 to Tampa Bay Thrives.
- Identifying research to improve public health policy. Presented October 14, 2022 to Identifying research to improve public health policy.
- Overcoming behavioral health workforce shortages in rural America. Presented November 28, 2022 to Kansas State Legislature Special Comission on Mental Health Beds.