Amidst changes in the COVID-19 landscape, including navigating surges due to new variants, states are working with local partners to prepare for and implement back-to-school plans, while also anticipating the need to adapt as the school year progresses.
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About Sandra Wilkniss
Sandra Wilkniss, PhD serves as NASHP’s Senior Program Director of Population and Public Health where she directs programs focused on public health, health system performance and health reform; vulnerable populations and equity; social determinants of health; care coordination; quality of care; and performance measurement. Prior to joining NASHP, she served as Director of Complex Care Policy and Senior Fellow at Families USA. In that role, she led the organizations’ national project on state approaches to equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine, collaborating with a broad network of national and state partners, as well as projects on behavioral health integration, and cost and value in health system with a special focus on prescription drug policies. Before that, she spent six years as a Program Director at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, advising governors and their senior staff on a variety of issues including: COVID-19 response, behavioral health, social determinants of health, addressing complex care populations in health delivery and payment reform, health as housing and cross-sector strategies in meeting the needs of children, youth and families. She also spent three years in the United States Senate as Senior Legislative Assistant in Health Care to Senators Bingaman and Heinrich, beginning as an American Academy for the Advancement of Science/American Psychological Association fellow in Senator Bingaman’s office. Sandra is a clinical psychologist by training, held faculty appointments at Dartmouth Medical College, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Weil Cornell Medical Center, and was the director of Thresholds Institute, the research and training arm of Thresholds, Chicago’s largest psychosocial rehabilitation organization.