As a Program Manager at CommonHealth ACTION, Rachel works on the Culture of Health Leaders Program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina Community-Centered Health approach. In this role, Rachel supports leadership development and multi-sector engagement to promote health equity. Rachel is an experienced public health professional, systems-thinker, and passionate about identifying upstream approaches to address root causes of health inequities.
Prior to joining CommonHealth ACTION, Rachel spent five years at SEE International, a nonprofit organization focused on sight restoration and blindness prevention in under-resourced areas. Motivated by the lack of eye care providers around the world, Rachel launched SEE’s Education Division. Through cross-cultural surgical training courses and institutional partnerships, this initiative increased the capacity and sustainability of ophthalmic residency programs in low-and-middle-income countries.
Rachel earned a Master of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. She studied Health Systems and Policy to better understand the social determinants of health and the interplay between the programmatic, operational, financial, and contextual factors that shape public health programs. Rachel collaborated with several community-based organizations to conduct program evaluations and policy analyses on topics including legal aid services for low-income LGBTQ individuals and criminal justice reform. Rachel developed a Health Impact Assessment, a tool used to present the health implications of a proposed policy, on expanding universal pre-K in the state of Maryland. In addition, Rachel studied international health and worked on both a surgical skill evaluation in Kisii, Kenya and a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation primary care curriculum development project with the International Health Department and Institute for Primary Health Care-Ethiopia.
Rachel grew up on Nantucket, Massachusetts, a small island off the Massachusetts coast. She moved to California for college and lived in Santiago, Chile where she studied Political Science and explored Patagonia. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Public Health from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is based in CommonHealth ACTION’s Washington, DC headquarters.