Cheryl Austein Casnoff, MPH

Director, Health Policy & Analytics

Cheryl Austein Casnoff is director of Health Policy and Analytics where she leads the cross-Health FFRDC vision and analysis of current and emerging health financing and public health policy issues and analytics. 

Austein Casnoff is a senior health policy executive with a distinguished consulting and public service career in public health. She brings decades of experience in government and not-for-profit organizations in such key areas as health financing and system reform, Medicaid, health IT, social determinants of health, population health, children’s health, oral health, and systems transformation.

Austein Casnoff was instrumental in creating and implementing the original State Children’s Health Insurance Program, served as a legislative fellow in the U.S. Senate, and established a new Office of Health Information Technology to promote the adoption and meaningful use of electronic records for safety net providers.

She also served in numerous senior positions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for more than three decades, including as the director of public health policy for the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

After leaving HHS, Austein Casnoff was selected to be a senior fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago, where she directed numerous studies related to Medicaid, children, and vulnerable populations. She currently serves on not-for-profit boards on behalf of children’s health and well-being, including Action for Healthy Kid, as well as on the boards of the Medical Research Analytics and Informatics Alliance and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Department of Population Science and Policy. She is also an adjunct professor of clinical research and leadership at George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Austein Casnoff earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Northwestern University and her master’s degree in public health from Yale School of Medicine.