Andrea M. Ducas, MPH, is a senior program officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation working to help build a Culture of Health. Having joined the Foundation in 2012, she praises its “distinguished reputation in public health and health care, and its unique vantage point at the nexus of health policy development and program implementation.” She describes the best part of her job as “having the opportunity to help connect inspiring people working hard to disrupt the status quo and improve health.” In her role, Andrea contributes to the Foundation’s efforts to find ways to realize the highest possible value from our national investments in improving health and health care, and to build public demand for healthy places and practices in communities across the country. Andrea is especially involved with programs related to payment and delivery system reform, purchaser and consumer engagement, health care price transparency, community-driven health improvements, and strengthening health departments.
Previously, Andrea served as development and communications associate for the Center for Family Representation (CFR), a non-profit law and policy organization in New York City. As CFR's first development hire, her work included grants management, proposal writing, program development and programmatic reporting, and communications. She also established and managed its junior board of directors, which she now chairs.
As the chief marketing officer of EveryDoc.com, Andrea helped to develop and design an online community that sought to enhance the exchange of health information between medical professionals, enable patient feedback to promote practice improvement, and empower patients to seek out clinicians that met their own individual needs and preferences.
Andrea earned a BA in International Relations from Brown University and an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. She was a 2011 Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) David A. Winston Health Policy Scholar, and received Columbia’s Regina Loewenstein Prize for Academic Excellence in Health Policy and Management. She also served as a summer advisory associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she helped a struggling community hospital improve patient access. Her work as an intern with the New York City Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access helped the agency refine its methodology for quantifying New York’s undocumented, uninsured population.
Born in (always) sunny south Florida, Andrea currently resides in (sometimes) sunny Jersey City with her husband, Patrick Toussaint, and their Beagle, Maya. They enjoy international travel, concerts, running, and spending time with friends.