Andrew S. Rein, MS
Associate Director for Policy
Andrew Rein is the Associate Director for Policy for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The mission of the Office of the Associate Director for Policy (OADP) is to identify and advance opportunities to use policy and leverage health system transformation and other sectors to improve the public's health.
Under Mr. Rein's leadership, OADP furthers opportunities to strengthen collaboration between public health, health care, and other sectors, with special focus on those opportunities expanded by the Affordable Care Act; conducts analysis to identify high-value public health policies and interventions to improve population health; and increases the understanding and use of the highest quality public health scientific and programmatic analysis to inform policy decisions, health care, and the business community.
During Mr. Rein's tenure, OADP has strengthened the CDC's economic and policy analysis focus, provided strategic guidance and assistance for public health to effectively implement the Affordable Care Act, strengthened CDC's partnerships with healthcare, especially HRSA and CMS, and supported the National Prevention Council to develop and implement the National Prevention Strategy.
Specific activities include deepening collaboration with the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services leading to CDC's active participation in the Healthcare Innovation Challenge Awards and State Innovation Model Grants and developing A Framework for Patient-Centered Health Risk Assessments: Providing Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Services to Medicare Beneficiaries; catalyzing Leveraging through Health System Change: A Public Health Opportunity to assist local, state, and national public health leaders to prepare for changes driven by the ACA; leading CDC's elevation of public health and health care collaboration to an agency priority; advancing the National Prevention Strategy on behalf of DHHSthrough the establishment of the National Prevention Council and National Prevention Council Action Plan, called for by the Affordable Care Act to provide coordination and leadership at the federal level regarding prevention, wellness, and health promotion practices; and sponsoring the Institute of Medicine report on Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health, which has helped galvanize the field.
Before joining CDC, Mr. Rein served as Executive Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He was one of the prime drafters of New York City's Health Policy, Take Care New York, which identified 10 priority interventions to improve New Yorkers' lives. He spearheaded passage and implementation of NYC's "Green Cart" law that puts 1,000 fruit and vegetable mobile food vendors in high-need neighborhoods, and redirected hundreds of millions of dollars for programs that effectively addressed NYC's leading causes of morbidity and mortality.
Previously, Mr. Rein was Executive Director of Research and Management Analysis and Senior Policy Advisor to the NYC School's Chancellor, Associate Director of the NYC Independent Budget Office, and Associate Research Director of the Citizens Budget Commission.
Mr. Rein received his Master's degree in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the Milano Graduate School at the New School, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Tufts University.
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