Emmy Ganos, PhD, senior program officer, joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2013. Her work focuses on health system transformation and promotes efforts to enable the health care system to meet patients’ interrelated physical, emotional, and social needs.
Ganos’ work spans a variety of programs, including supporting research and new resources that can promote conversations between patients and their care teams about costs of care; launching the “Leading to Health” series in Health Affairs; leading projects that examine unnecessary diagnostic tests, treatments, or hospitalizations; and launching a program to elevate the voices of low-resource communities seeking to transform local health care systems. She has researched, written, and presented on a host of health and health care issues, including reducing low-value care; avoiding eviction in smoke-free public housing; and advancing multisector partnerships for health. Throughout, she brings her research experience in public and community health to assisting the Foundation, and others who share our vision, in the journey toward building a Culture of Health.
In 2018, Ganos was named a Terrance Keenan Institute fellow by Grantmakers In Health. The program was created to nurture the next generation of leaders in health care grantmaking and to further their professional development.
Previously, Ganos held a research and teaching position with the Institute for Health & Equity at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where she received recognition for outstanding medical-student teaching in health policy. Earlier, she served as manager of research and administration for the Donors Forum of Wisconsin in Milwaukee (now the Wisconsin Philanthropy Network).
Ganos received her BA in health and society from Beloit College and her PhD in public and community health from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Born in Chicago, she and her husband, Tom, a woodworker, reside in Newtown, Pa. She enjoys kayaking and paddle boarding at Bucks County community parks.