Michelle Proser, MPP, PhD, is the Director of Research at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) where she has 14 years of experience conducting research and analysis on health centers’ role in the healthcare system, as well as empowering communities in their efforts to improve population health. Her research focus includes monitoring the impact of policy and health system changes on health centers, their patients, and their communities. Michelle also leads a nationally-recognized, multi-partner effort to help health centers and other providers assess and address patients’ social risk factors. Known as the Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patients Assets, Risks, and Experiences (PRAPARE), this screening tool and companion action toolkit is now commonly used across health centers and has accelerated health improvement at the patient and community levels. In addition, she directs NACHCs’ efforts to build health center capacity for community-directed translational research.
Michelle has authored or co-authored a large number of reports, peer-reviewed articles, issue briefs, fact sheets, and other resources. She has presented at AcademyHealth, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the American Public Health Association, the National Institutes of Health, the Alliance for Health Reform, state primary care association conferences, and other meetings.
Previously, Michelle conducted research at the Center for Health Services Research and Policy at The George Washington University. While at the Center, her research focus included Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, maternal and child health, women’s health, and safety-net issues. She received her PhD in Public Policy and a Masters degree in Public Policy from The George Washington University.