Our Team

Kate Russell, M.A.
Policy Analyst

Kate Russell has worked at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Commonwealth Medicine since 2011 and joined the Center for Health Law and Economics in 2013.  Her work is focused on long term services and supports (LTSS) including Medicaid-funded and state-funded services for people with disabilities and elders, LTSS balancing initiatives, and stakeholder engagement related to systems reform.

Since 2011, Ms. Russell has assisted in the development of a core competency curriculum for direct care workers as part of the Personal and Home Care Aide State Training program (PHCAST).  She also conducted a survey study of the Direct Service Workforce in Massachusetts and provided analytic support to the Massachusetts State Profile Tool grant.  In addition, she has provided stakeholder engagement and research support to several health reform initiatives including the Massachusetts Money Follows the Person Demonstration and State Demonstration to Integrate Care for Dual Eligible Individuals.  Previously, Ms. Russell worked as a graduate research assistant for the Institute for Community Inclusion and contributed to research on state and federal programs that support employment and community inclusion for individuals with disabilities.

Kate holds a master's degree in Applied Sociology from UMass Boston and a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Communication Disorders from Florida State University.