Barbara Leonard will be Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow, April 4

Barbara Leonard, President and CEO of Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), will be the next Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow on Tuesday, April 4th. Leonard joined the MeHAF team in 2007 and has played a leadership role in philanthropic and public health program development, administration, management and evaluation at the state and national level.

Leonard has developed initiatives such as a comprehensive portfolio of grants focused on payment reform, the multi-year Integrated Care Initiative, and MeHAF’s work in oral health. She also spearheaded MeHAF’s efforts to develop ongoing data analysis and reporting to illuminate access barriers to health care, particularly for individuals who are uninsured or who face other systemic barriers to care.

During her day at UMaine Leonard will meet with students, faculty, and researchers on campus. A public reception will be held at the University Club in Fogler Library at 4:00PM. Her visit is sponsored by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture.

Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows are prominent Maine individuals with past or current careers as policy makers in the state. The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center brings these individuals to campus for a day to teach an undergraduate class, engage faculty about research and public policy, and meet with UMaine administration and graduate students. More information is available on the webpage of the Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows Program.