Faculty Highlights - Fall 2014

November 15, 2014

Kay Johnson

Kay Johnson holds academic appointments as a Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and as a Lecturer in Health Policy at the George Washington University. She has held a faculty position with the NH LEND Program since 2011.

Over the past 30 years, Kay Johnson has become nationally recognized for her work in maternal and child health policy, as a researcher, advocate, and consultant. She has been active in Medicaid and health policy at the federal and state levels since 1984 and held national leadership positions at the March of Dimes and other organizations. Her expertise encompasses a wide range of issues, including: perinatal and preconception care; home visiting and early childhood development; genetics and newborn screening; immunization; oral health; adolescent health; and services for children with special needs and disabilities.

Her expertise and contributions have been recognized through: the Directors Award from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA, HHS; the Outstanding Leadership and Advocacy Award from the MCH Section of the American Public Health Association; and the Public Service Award from the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. She trained in public health (MPH) at the University of North Carolina, and in child development (MEd) from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Selected recent projects and publications:

  • Lu MC, Johnson KA. Toward a National Strategy on Infant Mortality. (editorial). American Journal of Public Health. 2014 Feb; 104(Suppl 1):S1.3-6.
  • Rosenbaum S, Johnson K. Children. In BS Levy and VW Sidel editors. Social Injustice and Public Health. (2nd ed.) New York: Oxford University Press. 2013; 88-105.
  • Johnson K. Community Roles in Assuring Coverage and Benefits. Health Reform Implementation: Opportunities for Place-Based Initiatives. Issue Brief #3. Washington, DC: Center for the Study of Social Policy, 2012.
  • Johnson K. Managing the T in EPSDT. Portland, ME: National Academy of State Health Policy, 2010.
  • Johnson K, Rosenthal J. Improving Care Coordination, Case Management, and Linkages to Service for Young Children: Opportunities for States. Portland, ME: National Academy of State Health Policy, 2009.
  • Project director/principal investigator, State Leadership Workshops on Title V and EPSDT Collaboration to Improve EPSDT and Child Health Outcomes (contract with MCHB-HRSA-HHS six states in 2006; five states in 2007; five states in 2008; four states in 2009). Resulting in toolkit for child health leaders available at: http://mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/collaboration/child_health_took_kit.pdf