Announcement: Welcoming Atkins Fellow Kamren Gilbard

We are pleased to welcome our second Atkins Fellow, Kamren Gilbard! Kamren is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health in Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Brown University. Prior to pursuing her master’s, Kamren worked at the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative for three years, where she provided technical assistance to state governments on policy solutions to address the overdose epidemic. Kamren’s policy interests include long-term care, payment and delivery system reform, and behavioral health.

The G. Lawrence Atkins LTSS Policy and Research Fellowship with Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) and the National MLTSS Health Plan Association is a funded fellowship opportunity for graduate students with a demonstrated interest in Medicare, Medicaid and/or long-term services and supports (LTSS) to gain experience in advancing LTSS policy through research, policy analysis, and engagement with a broad range of stakeholders.

This fellowship is named for G. Lawrence Atkins, PhD, who previously served as the Executive Director of LTQA and the MLTSS Association. Dr. Atkins is a veteran of more than 30 years of health and social policy analysis, policy development, and legislative representation at the local, state, and federal levels, including as Staff Director of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care. His contributions to the field are immeasurable and he continues to provide thought leadership on healthcare policy while supporting and mentoring emerging leaders in this space.

Questions about the Atkins Fellowship? Contact Claire Jensen at