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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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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Opioid Settlement Funding Presents Opportunity to Address Georgia’s Drug Overdose Epidemic

Georgia has the opportunity to tap into millions of dollars to address the drug overdose crisis thanks to ...
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Georgians at Risk of Losing Medicaid as Continuous Coverage Requirement Ends

Key Takeaways: Between the start of the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement in March 2020 and December 2021 (the ...

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