Najaf Ahmad, MPH, has contributed to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s efforts in the areas of health insurance coverage and nursing since joining in April 2004. Ahmad has assisted with the overall development and management of the Foundation’s coverage campaigns including Cover the Uninsured Week, an effort to focus attention on the need to make health coverage for Americans a top national priority, and the Covering Kids & Families Back-to-School which aims to find and enroll eligible children and adults in Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). She also has participated in Foundation efforts to reduce the shortage in nurse staffing and improve the quality of nursing care. Additionally, Ahmad has worked to maintain the visibility of key health policy issues on Capitol Hill by managing Foundation-sponsored activities with the Alliance for Health Reform, a nonpartisan health policy information organization dedicated to providing reliable health policy information to journalists, junior and mid-level congressional staff, and the staff of national organizations, including advocacy organizations. Currently she is working on initiatives to build capacity in the health and health care workforce.
Previously, Ahmad worked as a research analyst at Rutgers Center for State Health Policy where she researched issues pertaining to administration of State Pharmacy Assistance Programs as well as methods for providing state support to Federally Qualified Health Centers. She also held various internships with the New Jersey Public Health Association, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals.
Ahmad earned a master's degree in public health with a concentration in health policy and administration from the Yale University School of Public Health. She earned a BS in public health from Rutgers, The State University of N.J. where she graduated with honors.