National Coordinating Center
The Policies for Action program is overseen by the Urban Institute, building on the organization's wealth of experience in health, social, and economic policy, including its cross-center initiative on the social determinants of health.
Who We Are
Laudan (Laudy) Aron, MA, is a Senior Fellow with the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center and co-directs Urban’s cross-center initiative on the social determinants of health. Her work focuses on how social welfare programs and policies can best support healthy human development across the life course and over time and place.
Katie Chapline is a policy program manager in the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center. She oversees program operations and evaluation for Policies for Action, a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that supports innovative research on how public- and private-sector laws and policies can help build a culture of health in America.
Lisa Dubay, PhD, is a Senior Fellow with the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center and co-directs Urban’s cross-center initiative on the social determinants of health. Dr. Dubay is a nationally recognized expert on the Medicaid and CHIP programs, and is currently involved in major evaluations of delivery system reform.
Nyequai Harte is the Communications Manager for health equity, well-being, and safety net initiatives at the Urban Institute. Before joining Urban, Harte worked at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she developed and executed strategic communications campaigns, helping to increase visibility for projects in Pew’s government performance portfolio. She has also held several positions in nonprofit and consumer public relations and communications.
Josh Smith serves as a Senior Project Manager in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Since joining the Urban team in 2014 he has taken on tasks including proposal development, purchase orders, subcontract/consultant set-up, and budgeting.