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Marquisha Johns is the associate director for Public Health Policy at American Progress, where she works to develop and advance bold solutions to tackle health disparities through a social determinants of health framework.

Before starting at American Progress, Johns studied at Georgetown University Law Center. While in law school, Johns completed internships with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight; the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; National Health Law Program; and Groom Law Group in Washington, D.C. She has done work and research surrounding health disparities, social determinants of health, health care access, health care financing, health insurance reform, and federal rule-making and interpretation.

Before law school, Johns worked on a Medicaid demonstration waiver based in St. Louis that provided health coverage to low-income residents not eligible for Medicaid. In this role, she worked closely with patients and safety net health care providers to improve access to health services and regional health outcomes. She also holds a master’s degree in public health from Saint Louis University and undergraduate degrees in sociology and chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana.

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Preventing the Next Jackson-Like Water Crisis In the News

Preventing the Next Jackson-Like Water Crisis

Marquisha Johns and Nicole Rapfogel explain why the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, was the result of long-standing disinvestment, environmental injustice, and health inequities—and they urge state lawmakers to direct funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act toward the communities that need them most.

5 Facts About the Monkeypox Outbreak Article
Health care workers work at intake tents in New York City.

5 Facts About the Monkeypox Outbreak

While monkeypox is less contagious than COVID-19 and largely preventable through vaccination, the outbreak has highlighted that the U.S. public health system remains underprepared for crises.

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A Strong Start in Life: How Public Health Policies Affect the Well-Being of Pregnancies and Families Report
A mother kisses her child as her midwife examines her at a birthing center in South Los Angeles.

A Strong Start in Life: How Public Health Policies Affect the Well-Being of Pregnancies and Families

Understanding how the key social determinants of health—including housing, employment, and education—affect perinatal health is critical to ensuring that federal policies support healthy babies and families.

Maximizing Federal Investments To Address Social Determinants of Health Report
A resident-in-training physician gets a high-five from a 5-year-old patient as the patient’s mother sits by at a health center in Washington, D.C.

Maximizing Federal Investments To Address Social Determinants of Health

In its response to a request for information from the Congressional Caucus for Social Determinants of Health, CAP outlined challenges in addressing the social and economic conditions that affect health and actions Congress can take to improve them.

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