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10.07.2019 / Press Release

Kelly Murphy Appointed Director of Early Childhood Initiatives at Families USA

Murphy’s Expertise Includes Maternal and Child Health Policy Development

on the Federal, State, and Local Levels

Washington, D.C., October 7, 2019 – Kelly Murphy has been appointed Director of Early Childhood Initiatives at Families USA.

Murphy, a maternal and child health policy expert, is responsible for developing and advancing the health care organization’s early childhood policy and advocacy priorities. Prior to joining Families USA, Murphy was the Project Director for the State Opioid Response grant at the District of Columbia’s Department of Behavioral Health. She has also held various policy roles at the National Governors Association. Most recently, she served as a Program Director developing, implementing and leading NGA’s public health strategy—including policy priorities on maternal and infant mortality, early child development and childhood obesity. Murphy holds a Master of Public Health with a concentration in maternal and child health and Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Kelly’s vast expertise in the child health policy space and her commitment to helping level the playing field for some of this country’s youngest and most vulnerable residents will serve Families USA well,” said Frederick Isasi, Executive Director at Families USA. “One of our mottos at Families USA is ‘children in everything we do’ and Kelly truly has what it takes to ensure we achieve that goal in all aspects of our work. We are also delighted that she’ll be able to share her knowledge and perspectives with the national and state early childhood policy communities.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the team at Families USA and help advance their mission of achieving high-quality, affordable health care and improved health for all,” Murphy said. “I’m looking forward to developing and advancing the organization’s early childhood policy and advocacy priorities and helping kids across this country live healthier lives and reach their full potential.”