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CSSP Welcomes Health Policy Expert to Young Children and their Families Team

  ·   By Viet Tran,

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is excited to welcome Donna Cohen Ross as Associate Director, with responsibility for leading CSSP’s work related to Young Children and their Families. Donna has devoted her career to reducing poverty and improving access to public benefits for low-income children and families.

“Donna brings a wealth of experience and skills to CSSP, with depth in health policy finance, leading national policy campaigns, taking work to scale and bridging the worlds of health, early learning and nutrition,” said Frank Farrow, CSSP’s Director.

“Donna brings a wealth of experience and skills to CSSP, with depth in health policy finance, leading national policy campaigns, taking work to scale and bridging the worlds of health, early learning and nutrition,” said Frank Farrow, CSSP’s Director.

Donna comes to CSSP from Health Management Associates, where she focused on helping children’s programs — including maternal and child home visiting, early literacy and pediatric care programs — obtain support from Medicaid. From 2010 to 2015, Donna served as a Senior Policy Advisor and the Director of Enrollment Initiatives in the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) at the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. There she crafted guidance that helped jump-start Medicaid enrollment under the Affordable Care Act for individuals participating in the SNAP Program. She also directed Connecting Kids to Coverage, the first-ever federal outreach campaign to find and enroll children eligible for Medicaid and CHIP. Prior to that experience, Donna led the outreach division at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities for 17 years.

Donna also brings to CSSP a background in other issues of importance to children and families, having worked early in her career with the Association for Children of New Jersey, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and the Newark Preschool Council.

As Donna joins the Center, Amy Fine, who previously led the Young Children and their Families team, will continue to move CSSP’s work forward as a Senior Fellow based in San Francisco.  She will focus on CSSP’s work in California and on new initiatives across the organization.

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Viet Tran is a communications mananger at CSSP. 

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