Cheryl Fish-Parcham

Director of Access Initiatives

Cheryl Fish-Parcham is Director of Access Initiatives at Families USA.  In this role she focuses on public policies that would improve access to coverage and care, including those related to oral health and to behavioral health services. She has substantial expertise in both private insurance and Medicaid policy, helping lead Families USA’s successful efforts to establish consumer protections in these areas within the Affordable Care Act.  At present she serves on advisory committees to the DC Department of Insurance and the DC Health Care Ombudsman. She is also a reviewer for the Academy of Health’s Annual Research Meeting and a frequent lecturer at Catholic University’s National School of Social Service.

Previously at Families USA, she served as Associate Director of Health Policy and also helped establish the Health Assistance Partnership (HAP), a national support center for consumer health assistance programs. She later coordinated HAP’s technical assistance on Medicaid issues.  Throughout her time at Families USA and HAP, Cheryl has authored numerous reports on a range of health policy issues, including designing consumer health assistance programs, the plight of the uninsured, Medicaid, private insurance, and gaps in care and coverage.

Earlier in her career, Cheryl worked as an advocate at AARP’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly and served as an advocate, administrator, and social worker for several community organizations in the District of Columbia.

Cheryl holds a B.A. from University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.S.W. from Howard University.