Kacie Dragan received her BA from Barnard College and her Master of Public Health from Columbia University, where she studied research methods and social determinants of health. Prior to joining Harvard University’s PhD program, Kacie was an associate research scientist at NYU, conducting policy evaluations for NYU Wagner’s Policies for Action research hub. Kacie’s research has examined the effects of policies from non-health sectors on the health of Medicaid-enrolled populations – including evaluations of Universal Pre-Kindergarten and subsidized housing – and has documented the needs and outcomes of low-income children with serious chronic diseases. Kacie is interested in the role Medicaid plays in shaping the lives of low-income families, as well as how health systems interact with other social services to influence wellbeing — especially in the housing and child & family services sectors. Kacie will be working with co-mentors Laura Garabedian and Alison Galbraith.