Laura Gerard, MSW, MPH, is part of a multi-cultural family and has a wide range of experience managing projects that have assessed community issues impacting access to health care for historically oppressed populations. She currently serves as project director for a statewide evaluation of behavioral health residential treatment in Colorado and a tobacco cessation project aimed at increasing utilization of Colorado Medicaid’s tobacco cessation benefit. Ms. Gerard also recently completed a health literacy environmental scan funded jointly by the Rose Community foundation and the Colorado Health Foundation. Ms. Gerard’s projects have focused on populations often most affected by inequities including the uninsured, Medicaid enrollees, people living with HIV/AIDs and minority populations. She received her Masters in Public Health and Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and has a B.A. in English from Tufts University.