Cheryl Austein Casnoff
Health FFRDC Health Policy & Analytics Director
Cheryl Austein Casnoff is a senior health policy executive with a distinguished consulting and public service career in public health. She brings decades of experience in government and not-for-profit organizations in key areas including health financing and system reform, Medicaid, health IT, social determinants of health, population health, children’s health, oral health, and systems transformation. She was instrumental in creating and implementing the original State Children’s Health Insurance Program, served as a legislative fellow in the U.S. Senate, and established a new Office of Health Information Technology to promote the adoption and meaningful use of electronic records for safety net providers. She served in numerous senior positions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for over three decades including as the Director of Public Health Policy for the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Since leaving HHS, she was selected to be a Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago, directing numerous studies related to Medicaid, children, and vulnerable populations. She currently serves on not-for-profit boards on behalf of children’s health and well-being including Action for Healthy Kids. She is also an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Medicaid School in Health IT and quality policy.