Linda Cragin brings expertise in caring for underserved populations to her work as director/principal investigator of the Massachusetts Area Health Education Centers (MassAHEC) Network at UMass Medical School. Through six community-based AHEC centers located across the state, Ms. Cragin collaborates to provide community-based training experiences for students in the health profession, continuing education opportunities for health care professionals, and health careers recruitment programs for underserved, underrepresented, and economically and educationally disadvantaged populations.
She works closely with MassHealth (the Massachusetts Medicaid program), the Primary Care Office at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the Department of Higher Education, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, and other public and private departments and agencies. Included in MassAHEC are efforts through the Massachusetts Health Care Training Forum to train Certified Application Counselors and Navigators to improve access to health, training for direct care workers, training for medical interpreters, and health career exploration programs such as Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).
Prior to joining UMass Medical School, Ms. Cragin worked in a federal and state demonstration program serving dually-eligible Medicare/Medicaid elders, and served as director of geriatrics for both UMass Memorial and Beverly hospitals. As the assistant secretary for program management for the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Elder Affairs, she was responsible for the state’s network of Aging Services Access Points and assisted living facility certification. She serves on many local and state advisory boards, as well as the National AHEC Organization’s Board and Executive Committee.
Ms. Cragin is an instructor in UMass Medical School's Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Graduate School of Nursing. In this capacity, she fosters interprofessional education and community-based learning experiences for clinicians interested in primary care.
Ms. Cragin holds a master’s degree in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health in addition to a bachelor’s degree in social psychology and community health from Tufts University. She also has a certificate in aging leadership from the National Institute on Aging.
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