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Kay Johnson

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Ms. Johnson is Co-Director of Project THRIVE at NCCP and has been a leader in MCH policy developments for more than 20 years. Since 1998, she has been President of the Johnson Consulting Group, which provides policy research, process facilitation, and case studies on child health policy and financing issues. She is a widely sought after consultant at both the state level and at the national level across a wide array of issues from oral health to fetal alcohol guidelines to a review of state approaches to the oversight of integrated health systems and managed care. She is often called upon to facilitate conversations across multiple stakeholders.

As an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Dartmouth College, she is completing a study of the past two decades of MCH policy, supported by an Investigator Award in Health Policy from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Previously, she worked as a Senior Research Staff Scientist at the George Washington University, and as National Policy Director for the March of Dimes. She has advised national projects, including the Commonwealth ABCD II project on healthy mental development and several IOM committees and panels and has chaired the MCH Section of the American Public Health Association.

Early in her career, as a child care teacher, assistant director, and director serving low-income families, she led special projects on early intervention, infant and toddler care, and inclusive child care strategies.

Ms. Johnson holds a Master's in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master's in Education in Child Development from the State University of New York, Buffalo.