Director of Health Justice

Leah Chan

Leah Chan is the Director of Health Justice at Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. In her role, Leah focuses on research and advocacy that ensures all Georgians have a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

Prior to joining GBPI in February 2022, Leah worked for over a decade at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in strategic partnership, policy, and communication roles and focused on a range of public health priorities from suicide to autism. Among her many duties while at CDC, Leah had the opportunity to co-lead human-centered design projects focused on better understanding the lived experiences of those most disproportionately impacted by today’s urgent health crises and working alongside those communities to develop solutions. Leah holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Georgia and a master’s of public health from Emory University. Outside of work, Leah enjoys exploring the outdoors with her young kids, reading biographies, and trying new foods.

Recent Posts by Leah

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Children Stand to Lose During Medicaid Unwinding, But There’s More We Can Do to Keep Georgians Covered

More than 170,000 Georgians have lost access to health care coverage since Medicaid unwinding began in April. More …

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Legislation Could Better Address Georgia’s Black Maternal Health Crisis

This policy brief is co-authored by Director of Economic Justice Ife Finch Floyd and Director of Health Justice …

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Georgia Health Budget Primer for State Fiscal Year 2024

Georgia’s 2024 Health Budget The Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Community Health and Public Health are …

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New Legislation and Continued Failure to Expand Medicaid Put Georgia’s Health Care Safety Net on Uncertain Path

State Plans to Launch Two New, State-Run Health Care Programs While Unwinding Medicaid Continuous Coverage In April 2023, …

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2023 Georgia Medicaid Unwinding: Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

Starting in April 2023, Georgia will have about a year to unwind the pandemic-era Medicaid continuous coverage policy …

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Overview: 2024 Fiscal Year Budget for Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

    Gov. Kemp’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 provides Georgia’s behavioral health and developmental disabilities …

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Overview: 2024 Fiscal Year Budget for the Department of Community Health

    Gov. Kemp’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 provides Georgia’s health care safety net with …

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Overview: 2024 Fiscal Year Budget for the Georgia Department of Public Health

    Gov. Kemp’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 provides Georgia’s state public health system with …

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Money Matters: Comparing the Costs of Full Medicaid Expansion to the Pathways to Coverage Program

    Updated February 22, 2023: In the October 2020 Pathways to Coverage approval letter, it was estimated …

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Keeping Georgians Covered: Tools for Minimizing the Harm of the Medicaid Unwinding

    Updated February 1, 2023: On December 29, 2022, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 was signed …

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Long-term Health Impact of COVID-19: Planning for Children Who Have Lost a Caregiver and Adults Experiencing Long COVID

Thank you to Mandy Alderman of COVID Survivors for Change for sharing her personal story.  In 2021, COVID-19 …

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Getting the Green Light for Health Care: An Update on Efforts to Get More Georgians Covered

    Updated January 10, 2023: In August 2022, a federal judge in Georgia cleared the way for …

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