Kay Johnson, MPH, M.Ed

Health Policy


  • M.P.H., Maternal & Child Health, University of NC at Chapel Hill, 1984
  • M.E., Education, State University of NY at Buffalo, 1978
  • B.A., French/Education, Franklin College, 1975

Professional Background

Ms. Johnson is a Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at DHMC and a Lecturer in Healthy Policy at the George Washington University. She was Senior Advisor to the CDC Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative; Director of Project Thrive; Senior Research Staff Scientist at GWU’s Center of Health Policy and Research; and national policy director of the March of Dimes. She was appointed to the Secretary’s Committee on Infant Mortality; was a federal appointee to the National Vaccine Advisory committee; chair of the MCH Section of the APHA; and served on boards of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies; Partnerships for Prevention; All Kids Count; and the National Perinatal Association. She consults to 40 states on health policy, Medicaid, EPSDT and a range of maternal and child health topics.


The NH and ME Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND) is a collaboration among Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire, and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies/UCED at the University of Maine-Orono. The purpose of NH-ME LEND is to improve the health of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities by preparing leaders to enter the field of maternal and child health.