Sophia Tripoli is the Director of Health Care Innovations at Families USA, where she focuses on efforts to protect and expand the Medicaid program at the state level through state legislative action and citizen’s initiatives. As part of this work, Sophia generates policy analysis, and works to foster partnerships with national and state health policy experts, state legislators, and consumer health leaders and advocates. She also helps lead Families USA’s work on value initiatives that focus on addressing the biggest drivers of health care costs and inadequate quality in the health system, and on forwarding consumer-focused policy agendas to improve health care delivery and payment systems. In addition, she helps lead Families USA’s work to strengthen the dialogue between consumer health leaders and governors’ leadership on targeted health policy priority areas and represents Families USA on the National Advisory Committee for the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs.
Prior to joining Families, Sophia worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), State Innovation Group where she oversaw the implementation of State Innovation Model Awards (SIM) for Round 2 Test States. While working at CMMI, Sophia also worked across multiple divisions to align new CMMI payment and delivery models with state health reform efforts, including Accountable Care Organization models, the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model, and the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program.
Before joining CMMI, she worked as a Senior Health Policy Analyst at the National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices. There, she provided policy analysis, technical assistance, and resource development for governors and their staff across a range of policy issues including Medicaid delivery system reform, Complex Health and Social Needs, high-impact pharmaceutical therapies, and community-based oral health interventions.
Sophia holds an M.P.H from George Washington University and a B.A. in international affairs with a concentration in global public health from George Washington University.