Policy Analyst, Health



Nicole Rapfogel

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Nicole Rapfogel is a policy analyst for Health at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, she interned with the Field and Outreach team at Population Connection, where she organized and advocated for U.S. policy to advance global reproductive health and rights. She graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in public policy and global health. Her undergraduate research focused on contraceptive counseling and patient-provider communication. She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, where she supports research on structural inequities among LGBTQ+ adults.


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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.

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Marquisha Johns, Nicole Rapfogel

The Behavioral Health Care Affordability Problem Report
A woman nervously rubs her hands together while speaking about her depression.

The Behavioral Health Care Affordability Problem

Policymakers could make behavioral health care, including mental health services, more affordable and accessible by enforcing network adequacy and parity provisions, lowering patient costs, and making networking with insurers more attractive for providers.

Nicole Rapfogel

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