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Project Coordinator:   Anita Wesley

Anita Wesley has a decade of program management and fundraising experience in the Colorado non-profit sector.  She has a particular passion for programs and projects addressing access to health care for underserved populations.  She has worked in every major region of the state with community leaders, health care providers, the media and members of the general public. As program manager for the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved, she directed key components of a public affairs initiative including grassroots mobilization and public relations.  She organized and facilitated town hall and community meetings throughout the state of Colorado on the value of health care and options for system reform

A native of Missouri, Ms. Wesley received dual B.A. in Political Science and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Missouri.  She received her M.A. in International Economics and Development Studies from the University of Denver.

Technical Advisors:  Sarah Schulte and Tracy Johnson, Ph.D.

Sarah Schulte

Sarah Schulte of Schulte Consulting has eleven years of experience in the health policy field.  During the 1990s, Ms. Schulte has held positions at the Office of Management and Budget in Washington DC, the Colorado Governor's Office, and the Colorado Medicaid and CHP+ programs.  In 1999, Ms. Schulte founded her own health policy consulting firm specializing in state health issues such as employer insurance coverage, public insurance programs, and public health indicators.  As a consultant, Ms. Schulte has performed analysis for state and national organizations such as the National Academy for State Health Policy, the Colorado Division of Insurance, the Colorado Medicaid program, the Colorado CHP+ program, Rose Community Foundation, the Colorado Children's Campaign, Colorado Health Institute, and Colorado Legislative Council.  Ms. Schulte received her bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Colorado, and her master's degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan.

Tracy L. Johnson, Ph.D.

Tracy Johnson is owner and principal of Health Policy Solutions, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in policy and data analysis and program evaluation.  She holds a Ph.D. in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (1998) and an M.A. in Bioethics from the University of Virginia (1992). 

She has over fifteen years of work experience in health policy development, research, and evaluation.  She focuses, in particular, on linkages between research and policy in areas such as: health insurance coverage, managed care delivery systems, safety net provider issues, and special populations. Recent projects include an assessment of child health care access and quality in the Denver metro area and a survey of health information technology (HIT) infrastructure and needs of Colorado safety net providers.  She has also advised the state agency that administers Medicaid and CHP+ on programmatic and data-related issues. Dr. Johnson has worked as a senior researcher at the Colorado Health Institute and, prior to that, as project manager for a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, known as the Safety Net Project: Improving Service Delivery and Care Coordination for Children with Special Needs.  This grant focused on improving the quality of health care for children with special needs who are enrolled in Colorado Medicaid HMOs. 

Project Assistant:   Marta Oko-Riebau

Marta Oko-Riebau was the research supervisor for an international social study on homelessness in Poland. For over a year she coordinated the work of the research team, gathered and analyzed data, translated resources, and was responsible for communication between cooperating universities, homeless shelters, and research team members. Marta was also Assistant Director of Data Analysis at a homeless shelter and worked for Prevention Services for a non-profit organization, both in Denver.

A native of Poland, Marta obtained her M.A. in Social Psychology at the University of Opole, Poland in 2005. She earned the Dean's Award for Student Excellence and Achievement during her time there. She is a member of the Polish Psychological Association.