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Kellan Baker

Senior Fellow

Expertise: LGBT issues, health care, health disparities, health data collection

Kellan Baker is a Senior Fellow with the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress, where his work includes improving data collection about LGBT populations, working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on a range of LGBT health policy priorities, and advancing gay and transgender issues internationally.

In addition to his federal policy work, Baker directs the LGBT State Exchanges Project, which partners with LGBT and consumer health advocates in numerous states to build health equity for LGBT communities in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The project focuses on insurance market reforms, consumer engagement, and data collection in the establishment of the new Health Insurance Marketplaces, as well as the expansion of Medicaid.

Baker is an affiliated faculty member for LGBT health policy at the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health at the Fenway Institute and has consulted on LGBT health and health disparities with The Joint Commission and the Open Society Foundations. He holds a B.A. with high honors from Swarthmore College and an M.P.H. in global public health policy and an M.A. in international development from George Washington University, where he was elected to the Delta Omega Public Health Honors Society.