Amanda Folsom is a senior program director at Results for Development (R4D). She focuses on health financing, health systems strengthening and joint learning.
Ms. Folsom has over 15 years of experience in global health policy aimed at designing and implementing reforms to increase the equity, quality, and efficiency of health systems. Across her portfolio, she focuses on how to translate knowledge into action, adapt innovations between health systems, and improve stewardship of mixed (public/private) health care systems. She leads the network facilitation and coordination of the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN). The JLN is a platform for practitioner-to-practitioner learning and knowledge co-production between countries implementing complex health systems reforms aimed at achieving universal health coverage (UHC). She also leads health financing technical assistance programs supporting policymakers and government leaders in Nigeria and Liberia on their paths to UHC. She has also worked on a range of other health financing projects, including recent work to shape and facilitate the USAID Africa Bureau's health financing learning program. Previously Ms. Folsom led R4D’s technical program on the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health, which promoted the development of ministry of health leadership to effectively guide and implement health financing reforms.
Prior to joining R4D in 2009, Ms. Folsom worked within the Maryland Medicaid program and in policy think tanks including AcademyHealth and Kaiser Family Foundation to improve health financing and coverage of the poor and vulnerable in the United States. She served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in a rural primary care center in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Ms. Folsom is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a master's in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.