Lori K. Grubstein, program officer, helps to develop and manage a wide range of programs to build a Culture of Health. She enjoys the “opportunity to work with some of the best people in the field to tackle some of the most difficult health care problems our nation faces today.” She also values the chance to “give people and communities an authentic, strong consumer voice in health care policy and systems change efforts and in the changes that can affect their lives.”
After joining the Foundation in 2001, Lori initially worked as a program associate in the area of community and family health. As a program officer, she has been responsible for one of the Foundation’s largest programs, Covering Kids & Families.
Previously, she was a senior research associate at the Crime and Justice Research Institute in Philadelphia, where she worked on an outcome-based information system tracking youth in the juvenile justice system. Prior to that position, she was a research associate at the Michigan Public Health Institute, where she provided technical assistance and training to community-based organizations in their efforts to evaluate their sexual assault, rape crisis and juvenile justice programs. In addition to these areas, she has also addressed the issues of HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, domestic violence and pediatric asthma.
In 2005, Lori completed the executive master of public policy and administration program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She received her dual master’s degree in public health (health behavior and health education) and social work (community organization) from the University of Michigan in 1997. Her training also includes a BA in psychology from Clark University (1992) and a certificate of study from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has successfully completed the educational component and skills assessment of Motorola’s Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.
Born in New York, she now resides in North Brunswick, N.J., with her husband Paul Hughes, a computer programmer. They have two children. She enjoys modern and folk art, reading, hiking and “all things to do with kids.”