A public health lawyer, Christie Hager oversees a team of experts who partner with public and private health and human services entities – with a focus on health law and policy, research and evaluation, and survey research. From 2019-2021 she led a full-time consulting engagement at MassHealth as director of behavioral health, focusing on COVID-19 public health emergency response and community-based system reform.
Before joining Commonwealth Medicine, Hager was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the Regional Director of Region I of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she oversaw the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the six New England states from 2010-2014. Prior to her service in the Obama Administration, she was Chief Health Counsel to the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives during the development, drafting, and first three years of implementation of the Massachusetts health reform law enacted in 2006. She also previously served in senior executive roles at Beacon Health Options, a national managed behavioral health organization. Christie’s first post-graduate position was Research Assistant to the editorial leadership at the New England Journal of Medicine; she has held research and operations positions at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Division of Public Health Practice, and at the Schneider Institute for Health Policy at Brandeis University’s Heller School, where she was appointed the first Senior Fellow.
Hager has held appointments on the faculties of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and Suffolk University Law School. Her work has appeared in such publications as the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Law and Medicine, and Journal of Legal Medicine. Hager has served as Chair of the American Public Health Association’s Health Law Forum, President of the Massachusetts Public Health Association, and Co-Chair of the Health Law Section of the Boston Bar Association.
Hager holds an A.B. from Smith College, an M.P.H. from the Boston University School of Public Health, and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.