Quiana Lewis, who joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2014 as a program associate, works to build a Culture of Health by helping all American residents attain stable, affordable health coverage. With RWJF’s goal of having 95 percent of Americans covered by the year 2020, she views her role as providing community-level expertise in expanding coverage to help close the nation’s coverage gap and ultimately eliminate health disparities.
Before joining the Foundation, Lewis coordinated regional enrollment activities for Access Health CT, the health care exchange in Connecticut. In this role she managed more than 100 assisters and grantee organizations, educating and enrolling hard-to-reach populations. She also served as an evaluator for the organization’s Navigator and In-Person Assister (NIPA) program.
Earlier, Lewis was the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) Region 2 public health emergency preparedness coordinator. In this role she managed the Cities Readiness Initiative and helped the region attain the Project Public Health Ready award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Previously she led research projects in the area of nutrition and food insecurity for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Aetna Foundation-funded programs.
Lewis earned her BA from Fisk University in Psychology and her MPH from the Yale School of Public Health in Social Behavioral Science. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, she now resides in Plainsboro, New Jersey. She is an avid traveller, loves Broadway musicals, and has knack for arts and crafts.