Gonzales is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Health Division. She focuses primarily on the implementation of effective outreach and program simplification strategies to promote enrollment and retention in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Gonzales also works on issues related to outreach, eligibility and enrollment in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Gonzales was appointed to serve as a member of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) which among other duties is charged with advising the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator on matters related to education and outreach to enroll and retain individuals in Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP.
Prior to joining the Center, Gonzales was the vice president of All Kids Covered, a National Action Strategy of America’s Promise Alliance. From 1997 to 2007, Gonzales worked for Inova Health System in northern Virginia. She was directly involved in the creation and implementation of Inova’s Partnership for Healthier Kids (PHK), a multi-sector collaborative focused on connecting uninsured children to health care services including Medicaid and CHIP; providing disease and injury prevention programs; and health promotion designed to address the most pressing and actionable pediatric health needs in the community. During Gonzales’s tenure with Inova, the PHK program connected over 20,000 previously uninsured children to a source of ongoing healthcare and reached over 50,000 children, parents, and educators through the delivery.