Cindy Brach, MPP

Senior Health Policy Researcher
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets
540 Gaither Road
Rockville MDUSA

Biographical Sketch:
Cindy Brach is a Senior Health Policy Researcher at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She conducts and oversees research on health literacy, cultural and linguistic competence, system design innovations, and Medicaid and SCHIP. Cindy spearheads AHRQ’s health literacy activities, coordinating AHRQ’s work in developing measures and improving the evidence base, and serves as the Agency’s CLAS expert. Cindy has served on the National Cultural Competence Conference Advisory Group since 2001. Her recent publications include, "Integrating Literacy, Culture, and Language to Improve Quality of Health Care for Diverse Populations” and "Integrating Health Literacy into Patient Safety Partnerships." Cindy’s earlier experience includes serving as a mental health policy research director, a welfare reform consultant and provider of technical assistance, a state-level administrator, and a municipal policy analyst. Cindy received her Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was also advanced to Ph.D. candidacy.