Kalahn Taylor-Clark, Director of Health Policy
Kalahn Taylor-Clark, BA, MPH, PhD, currently serves as the director of health policy at the National Partnership for Women & Families. Her primary responsibilities are in shaping and implementing the policy agenda for the National Partnership’s major initiative, the Campaign for Better Care. Taylor-Clark also provides strategic policy support on a range of activities related to delivery system reform, including payment reform, quality measurement, reduction of health disparities, consumer engagement, promotion of patient-centered care delivery and the effective use of health information technology (HIT).
Prior to joining the National Partnership, Taylor-Clark led the Patient-Centeredness and Health Equity Portfolio at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution, where she currently retains an affiliation as a Visiting Scholar. This portfolio sought to: inform regional, state, and national practices for advancing priorities for patient-reported measurement in new delivery and payment reform models; incorporate consumer perspectives into strategic planning of new delivery reforms; focus on social determinants and population health in health care reform models; and identify innovative ways to collect and report data to measure and address health care disparities.
Taylor-Clark was a W.K. Kellogg Health Scholar at Harvard University from 2006-2008, where her areas of research included public health communication in politically and socially marginalized populations and minority voting on health care issues. In 2005-2007, she was a lecturer at Tufts University, where she taught "Women and Health" and "The Politics of Health Disparities." Before teaching at Tufts, Taylor-Clark held a position as a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Project on Biological Security and the Public, where she focused on risk communication in communities of color during public health emergencies. She received a BA in International Relations from Tufts University, an MPH from Tufts School of Medicine, and a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University.