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About the Author
Kalena Murphy was the Senior State Advocacy Manager for the NWHN’s Raising Women’s Voices initiative from 2017 to 2021, responsible for strengthening and expanding the RWV network of regional coordinators in targeted states. She provided strategic support, technical assistance, organizational capacity building, customizable campaign assets, and networking resources to RWV regional coordinators while proactively monitoring developments in the field. She also led the NWHN’s sub-grant process, which includes a bi-annual funding cycle, and coordinated RWV’s annual 2-day conference. She represented RWV as a speaker at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Black Women’s Roundtable National Summit, among other conferences, and served as advisory committee member for the Take Root: Red State Reproductive Justice conference.
Throughout her career, she has worked to elevate marginalized voices in health policy conversations and expand health access. Prior to joining the NWHN, Kalena served as Navigator Coordinator for Enroll Michigan and chair of the Enroll West Michigan coalition. Her accomplishments include developing and supporting outreach, education, partnership, enrollment strategies and efforts that resulted in Enroll Michigan ranking in the top 10 for ACA enrollment. Her experience includes work on Affordable Care Act implementation and health insurance marketplaces, Medicaid, outreach and enrollment, mobilizing coalitions and stakeholders, and social determinants of health. Kalena received personal recognition from the Obama Administration for best practices in outreach and enrollment implementation. She has a Bachelor of Science in biomedical science from Grand Valley State University.