Rumana Rabbani
Healthcare Consultant and Project Manager
Apollo Consulting Group

Rumana Rabbini is a Consultant and Project Manager at Apollo Consulting Group in New York City. Her key areas of interest include implementation of the Affordable Care Act “triple aim:” care, health, and cost. Her birthplace of Bangladesh provided her with first-hand knowledge of critical issues related to public health, healthcare quality, limited access, and poor healthcare delivery, such as the lack of clean drinking water, vaccinations, preventive care, and primary care. She brings her personal experiences to bear to better empathize with individuals from marginalized or low socioeconomic populations. These experiences also have significantly influenced her current efforts to improve the linkage between healthcare and public health.

Ms. Rabbini’s position as a healthcare consultant at Apollo Consulting Group allows her to focus on analyzing the impact of the Affordable Care Act on healthcare delivery programs within pharmacy and managed care networks. She helped to conduct an analysis of changes that have occurred in Federally Qualified Health Centers as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Her previous positions included a research assistant at Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at Wharton. In her career to date, she has become more familiar with complex policy and legal issues; become more knowledgeable of the relationship between policy initiatives and outcomes for population health and healthcare systems; and designed data collection and coding systems to streamline policy information sharing across diverse sources.

Ms. Rabbini serves as a member of the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association Community Health Worker (CHW) Section and a member or co-chair of several groups within the New England Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC I): Cross-RHEC CHW Coalition (co-chair), Leadership and Governance Committee (co-chair), and CHW Subcommittee (member). She and her RHEC colleagues recently collaborated with the Southwestern Area Health Education Center and other external partners to gather existing data on sustainable payment models for CHWs in New England, social determinants of health interventions, health in all policies, and outcome measures from the payer perspective in New England. The purpose of this initiative is to help CHWs become a stabilized workforce in the state of Connecticut and throughout the country.

Ms. Rabbini is a graduate student in the Health Policy and Management Program at Gillings School of Global Public Health. She also is collaborating with the Student Health Action Coalition to incorporate CHWs into the care team for chronically ill, underserved patients. This free clinic is affiliated with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She will serve as an intern at the Cleveland Clinic Administrative Internship Program in the summer of 2016 to obtain education and training in implementing programs that achieve the Affordable Care Act goal of delivering high-quality and accessible care, while controlling costs. She also will take steps in the future to achieve her goal of helping marginalized women to gain access to healthcare and attain health equity through the improvement of social determinants of health interventions.