Kaylan Szafranski is a Senior Policy Analyst for the Together for Medicaid program. Prior to her role at Community Catalyst, Kaylan served as the Director of Policy and Research for NC Child, leading the organization’s statewide Medicaid, mental health, and oral health policy work. In this role, she worked directly with impacted communities and individuals with Medicaid to co-create policy solutions and pursue health equity. Kaylan is a seasoned advocate and policy analyst, having championed children’s health in Illinois, serving as the lead policy analyst for Legal Council for Health Justice. There, she led statewide efforts on children’s Medicaid policy including access to Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT), infant and early childhood mental health, environmental health reforms, and expanding eligibility and services for infants and pregnant persons. Kaylan also served as the Manager of Health Reform for EverThrive Illinois, focusing on maternal and child health policy at both the state and federal levels.

In addition to her deep knowledge of Medicaid policy, Kaylan is a former early child educator and Developmental Therapist, spending nearly seven years serving families in her hometown of Greensboro, NC. She holds her Master of Social Work and Master of Child Development from Erikson Institute, and a bachelor’s from Salem College.