Within UMass Medical School, Enid Vélez reviews data and conducts studies on a wide range of topics related to Medicaid. Her research as a Senior Health Policy Analyst takes her into a number of different subject areas including topical points of contention like opioids and behavioral health.
Over the course of her tenure at the Medical School, Vélez has developed a strong technical background grounded within in-depth knowledge of Medicaid, pre-admission screening and physician care. She possesses nearly a decade of research and data analysis experience. A 2017 study she conducted examined the factors associated with opioid overdoses among MassHealth members and previously, she has completed studies on subjects ranging from prior authorization in MassHealth to chronic disease and rehabilitation.
Before joining the Medical School, Vélez held a number of roles, all centered around data analysis and research at Rutgers University, including being a research assistant in the Department of Epidemiology and a Geospatial Data Analyst for their One Labor Program. Published research during this time were in obesity in children, and diabetes in adult for the Journal of Adolescent Health and Journal of Environmental Health, respectively.
Vélez earned a Master’s in Public Health with a dual concentration in Epidemiology, and Environmental and Occupational Health from Rutgers University and received her Bachelor’s in Science with concentration in Industrial Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.