Marci Nielsen

(202) 417-2074

Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH, joined the PCPCC as Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Prior to the PCPCC, Dr. Nielsen served as Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine’s Department of Health Policy and Management. Dr. Nielsen was appointed by then-Governor Kathleen Sebelius as first Board Chair, and subsequently became Executive Director of the Kansas Health Policy Authority (KHPA), the single state agency managing Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the State Employee Health Plan, health information technology and health policy. She worked as a legislative assistant to US Senator Bob Kerrey (D-Nebraska), and later served as the health lobbyist and assistant director of legislation for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

She is on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Family Medicine and the Center for Health Policy Development/National Academy for State Health Policy, and is a former Board member of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, TransforMED LLC and the Mid-America Coalition on Health Care. She was a committee member for the Institute of Medicine’s Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020 and Living Well with Chronic Illness: A Call for Public Health Action. Early in her career she served as a Peace Corps volunteer working for Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health and served for six years in the US Army Reserves. Dr. Nielsen holds an MPH from the George Washington University and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

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