03.03.2020 / Press Release
Amber Hewitt Appointed Director of Health Equity at Families USA
Washington, D.C., March 3, 2020 – Amber Hewitt has been appointed Director of Health Equity at Families USA.
Hewitt, a social justice expert, is responsible for developing strategic priorities that help eliminate racial, ethnic and other disparities in health care. Prior to joining Families USA, she was Manager of Policy and Advocacy at Nemours Children’s Health System—where she focused on health equity issues related to payment and delivery reform among a broad range of other key children’s health issues.
Her background also includes serving as a Legislative Fellow on the Health and Education Policy Team in Senator Cory Booker’s office and teaching undergraduate and doctorate-level courses in psychology, social justice, multicultural counseling and diversity issues at the University of Akron and Loyola University Chicago. In addition, Hewitt practiced psychology in diverse communities, providing psychotherapy and psychoeducational testing for children and families. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in psychology from Boston University and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Loyola University Chicago.
“Amber’s vast portfolio of work and extensive background in health equity will be an asset as we continue our work toward improving access, affordability, and the health and well-being of underserved families in our nation,” said Frederick Isasi, Families USA Executive Director. “Amber understands that the health transformation movement presents a critical leverage point to address inequities in our nation’s health care systems. She is committed to applying her experience to advance policies that ensure that the best health and health care are accessible to all.”
“I am excited to be joining the Families USA team and continuing my work as a social justice advocate,” Hewitt said. “To me, access to affordable, high-quality health care and social justice go hand in hand. I am committed to using my skills and expertise around health equity and delivery system reform issues to help build a movement that ensures the needs of diverse communities are prioritized in policymaking efforts. I am passionate about this work and believe in what Families USA stands for—which is to create a nation where no one faces barriers to a healthy life because of who they are or where they live.”