Marsha Lillie-Blanton

2008 Conference Co-Chair

 Marsha Lillie-Blanton is senior advisor on race, ethnicity, and health care at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. She also is an associate research professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Her research and policy interests are in the areas of substance abuse, racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care, and HIV/AIDS. Lillie-Blanton currently serves on a number of boards including the American Journal of Public Health and Health Affairs editorial boards and the AcademyHealth board of directors. 

According to NASI member Drew Altman, President and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation, “Marsha has made a lifelong commitment to improving access to health care for the poor and the underserved and to eliminating racial and ethnic inequalities in health and health care. Through her research and leadership in the field, she helps to focus national attention on the health issues facing vulnerable populations.”

From 1999 to 2006, Lillie-Blanton was a vice-president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she directed the Foundation's policy research on access to care for vulnerable populations. She previously served as Associate Director of Health Services Quality and Public Health Issues at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Lillie-Blanton has over fifteen years of experience in health policy research and management positions. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles, book chapters, and reports on health care access and financing issues for vulnerable populations. 

A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 1996, she received her Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.