Director, Center for Health Policy and Programs

Peter  Schafer

Peter Schafer joined NYAM as a Senior Policy Associate in 2013. He brings to his work at NYAM over twenty years’ experience in policy development, community-based participatory research, and program design and implementation for communities most directly affected by racial disparities in health. As Executive Director of Baltimore Healthy Start, he had overall responsibility for the Healthy Start program's provision of comprehensive community-based case management and advocacy services to pregnant women, fathers, and their families; the Lead Abatement Action Project’s performance of residential lead hazard assessments and administration of lead abatement construction grants; and Recovery in Community’s provision of community-based outpatient substance abuse treatment and transitional housing services. From his role in direct services program development, as well as his role as site PI in a multi-site NIH research project investigating racial disparities in maternal and child health, he gained extensive firsthand experience of the knowledge and wisdom of those exposed daily to the mechanisms of disparity and the multiple levels at which they operate.  At NYAM, he has worked on implementing a public health approach to drug policy involving collaboration with the police department, district attorney’s office, community-based harm reduction providers, and health care services providers; developing a maternal mortality reduction strategy that seeks to take advantage of health care service utilization patterns of high-risk women with chronic physical health conditions; and adapting a community resilience framework to implement sustainable and effective approaches to disaster preparedness for older adults. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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