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Dr. Adaeze Enekwechi

Dr. Adaeze Enekwechi is President of IMPAQ, the holding company of IMPAQ International, Maher & Maher, and ASCEND. Her responsibilities include strategic and tactical oversight of all services, including research, technical assistance, and technology services across all practice areas, including health care, workforce development, social programs, and international development.

Expertise

A leading voice in health policy and social determinants of health, Dr. Enekwechi is working to ensure our nation evolves beyond its current piecemeal, short-term approach to big health problems, to create an equitable health care system that makes meaningful changes in people’s quality of life. In addition to her bold leadership in health care and other social issues, Dr. Enekwechi has a deep understanding of Federal programs and policies, including payment systems and delivery system reform.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Enekwechi served as Vice President for Policy, Strategy, and Analytics with McDermott+Consulting. Previously, she served as the Associate Director for Health Programs at the White House Office of Management and Budget under President Obama. As the Federal government's chief health care budget official, she provided policy, management, and regulatory oversight for over $1 trillion in spending on a range of Federal programs, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and all Federal health agencies.

At the White House, Dr. Enekwechi managed the review and approval of major Innovation Center reform proposals, including Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) implementation, and several demonstrations such as Comprehensive Joint Replacement and Comprehensive Primary Care models. She also led OMB’s efforts toward major FDA policies, state Medicaid negotiations, Cancer Moonshot, Zika, Ebola, and other major public health policy responses and funding initiatives.

Dr. Enekwechi’s prior government experience also includes service as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and as an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office where she started her career in public policy.

Education

Dr. Enekwechi completed a BA at the University of Iowa, an MPP at the American University, and a PhD in Health Services and Policy from the University of Iowa. Her research area focused on the use of long-term care services among older adults. She also has completed postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago School of Medicine.

Teaching & Board Participation

Dr. Enekwechi plays a leading role in health services research by writing, convening experts and scholars, speaking at national forums, teaching, and guiding the work of other policy researchers and scholars.

She has made significant contributions to the field of health policy and research through organizations such as Academy Health and the National Academy of Medicine, and through her service on the boards of organizations including the Public Health Institute and the Alliance for Health Policy.

Dr. Enekwechi has taught at major public health schools and schools of medicine, including Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Meharry Medical College, and others.

She has written for numerous publications, including Health Affairs, Medical Care, Preventing Chronic Disease, and FierceHealthcare.

Awards

A select few of Dr. Enekwechi’s most recent awards include:

  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Iowa (2019)
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, University of Iowa College of Public Health (2018)
  • Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine, National Academy of Medicine (2018)