IMI Blog Authors


Caroline E. Adams and Faith Reynolds

Kimberly Tuck, RN

Kimberly Tuck, RN, is an IMI health policy associate and project director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded project on childhood obesity prevention and treatment (CHOPT) in Medicaid. She previously worked at Centene Corporation subsidiary Home State Health Plan as its president and CEO.

Sandra G. Hassink, MD, MS, FAAP

Dr. Sandra Hassink has focused her career on advocacy for children and families as a clinician, researcher, writer and speaker. Dr. Hassink has testified before Congress on childhood obesity, food insecurity and hunger focusing on supporting the foundations of child health. She is a past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, an organization of 66,000 pediatricians with a national and global agenda for children.  Dr. Hassink served as the state AAP chapter president for Delaware, and the District Chair for the Mid Atlantic states on the Board of Directors of the national AAP.   She is the Director of the AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight which is focused on translating research into practice for pediatric health care providers, families and children and advancing the field of pediatric obesity.

 Dr. Hassink began the weight management clinic at Nemours/AI DuPont Children’s Hospital in 1988. She has collaborated in basic research efforts to identify pathophysiologic mechanisms of obesity, centering on the role of leptin, and has lectured widely in the field of pediatric obesity. In addition, she has authored A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Obesity, Pediatric Obesity: Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Strategies for Primary Care, and Clinical Guide to Pediatric Weight Management.

Dr. Hassink dedicates a significant portion of her time to advocacy and policy development on obesity prevention and treatment. She has served on the IOM committee on Accelerating Progress on Obesity Prevention and was an author on the Expert Recommendations for Obesity. Dr. Hassink also holds a Master of Science in Pastoral Care and Counseling.

Erin Smith, MS

Ms. Smith is a health research associate at the Institute for Medicaid Innovation and leads research projects focused on women and behavioral health issues.  She graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish as well as a Master of Science in Experimental Psychology and is currently completing her PhD in health psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University.  As a research psychologist, the overall goal of her research is to promote the use of culturally sensitive, evidence-based practices to promote wellness in underserved and marginalized populations, particularly in Medicaid populations. To support this goal, she has conducted research on health outcomes including mental health deficits, substance use, medication adherence, and sexual risk behaviors.  Ms. Smith has extensive experience working with diverse populations, including women, low-income individuals, individuals with substance abuse disorders, people of color, as well as sexual and gender minorities in a variety of settings including medication assisted treatment clinics, primary care clinics, and other community settings.

Caroline E. Adams

Caroline is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, majoring in public health sciences and minoring in applied statistics. She is passionate about healthcare system reform, women’s health policy, and global health. Her previous research has focused on the intersection of public health science, policy and clinical care delivery systems. As a health research and policy intern for IMI in summer 2017, Caroline helped develop a Medicaid 101 issue brief, as well as state Medicaid program fact sheets. She is now currently serving as a research assistant, and provides support for women’s health related projects. 

Priya Batra, MD, MS

Priya Batra, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Healthy Communities at University of California, Riverside’s School of Medicine. As a clinician, health services researcher, and women’s health advocate, Dr. Batra studies the impact of health policies on birth outcome disparities.

Lavinia R. Mitroi, AB

Lavinia is in her final year of the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where her studies center around U.S. health system transformation, particularly value-based care initiatives, alternative payment models, the integration of health and social services, and care coordination for vulnerable populations of children and youth. Previously, Lavinia has worked in the health sector in Southern California, connecting community members to Medi-Cal coverage, providing reproductive health education and services for teens, and serving as a care coordinator for patients in a large academic health system. As a Fellow at IMI Lavinia will be exploring the implementation of various Medicaid delivery models, particularly similarities and differences between the Medicaid ACO and MCOs.  She will also be producing an issue brief for policy-makers highlighting best practices among Medicaid MCOs.

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN

Dr. Jennifer E. Moore serves as the founding executive director of the Institute for Medicaid Innovation.  An experienced critical care and emergency department nurse, she brings her clinical expertise and focus on improving access to quality care for priority populations.  She combines her love of research, policy, and clinical practice in women’s and maternal child health by maintaining an active appointment as a research professor at the University of Michigan’s Medical School in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Dr. Moore volunteers as a nurse at a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in Washington, DC. She received her BS in Nursing and her MS and PhD in Health Administration and Health Policy from the University of Michigan.