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After more than 20 years of working in the health field, Jamease Kowalczyk is known for using evidence-based evaluations to address leading healthcare issues of the day and effectively communicating her findings to policy makers, agency officials and healthcare administrators. Over her career, her experience in health incorporates the disciplines of Microbiology, Epidemiology, Budget Analysis and Health Policy.
In her current position as a Senior Policy Associate with Acumen, LLC, Jamease contributes to Acumen’s strategic development process by bringing to the table her extensive knowledge and experience in working with healthcare policymakers on Capitol Hill. As a former analyst and SAS programmer, Jamease skillfully guides senior staff in research on healthcare issues and effectively translates the findings and importance of the results to key leaders in top positions of federal agencies across the government.
Formerly, Jamease was an Epidemiologist specializing in HIV/AIDS research and later a Principal Analyst in the Medicare Cost Estimates Unit at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). As a Principal Analyst, Jamease conducted evidence-based evaluation of the effects of proposed legislation on the federal budget, consulted with congressional staffers working on issues related to Medicare and educated congressional staffers on elements within proposed legislation that could drive or reduce federal spending. She contributed to the production of hundreds of informal cost estimates, more than 50 formal cost estimates, more than 35 CBO reports, seven working papers and three blog post mentions. Moreover, she conducted analyses for major modeling projects and reports across four divisions of CBO. Cost estimates for which Jamease conducted analyses included major healthcare legislation passed from 2008 to 2020, like the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. In addition, Jamease oversaw data onboarding of new analysts in the Medicare Cost Estimates Unit and led a Subject Matter Expert Working Group on Health to facilitate cross-functional knowledge by inviting internal and external speakers with healthcare expertise to speak to analysts within the organization.
Jamease holds an MPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and a BS in Microbiology from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville (UTK). She has published works in several peer-reviewed journals. Her article on Voluntary counseling and testing for HIV among pregnant women presenting in labor in Kigali, Rwanda has been cited by researchers around the world.