is the Senior Fellow at the Center for Children and Families (CCF) and an Associate Research Professor of the Practice at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. She works on policy and implementation issues affecting coverage for children and families in Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the health insurance marketplaces. Brooks is a co-author of a 50-state study on Medicaid and CHIP eligibility and enrollment policies released annually by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, and frequently publishes issue briefs on child and family coverage.
Prior to Georgetown, Brooks served for fifteen years as the CHIP director in New Hampshire. As the founding CEO of NH Healthy Kids Corporation, a legislatively created nonprofit organization, she oversaw the development of a children’s health insurance program that began covering kids in 1995. In 1998, the organization began administering NH’s CHIP program as a public-private partnership and coordinated all outreach and community-based application assistance activities for both Medicaid and CHIP.
Brooks serves on the technical faculty for the Maximizing Enrollment initiative, a state learning collaborative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and as a National Advisory Board member for the Ford Foundation’s Work Support Strategies, an initiative aimed at implementing more effective, streamlined, and integrated approaches to delivering key supports for low-income working families, including health coverage. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Suffolk University.
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