Roosa Tikkanen brings expertise in hospital financing and health care access for vulnerable populations to her policy analyst role. Since joining UMass Medical School, Ms. Tikkanen has developed sustainable financing models for Community Health Workers in Maine and completed claims analyses to support the development of community-based behavioral health clinics in Massachusetts.
Previously, Ms. Tikkanen provided political and financial analyses on bills pertaining to provider market dynamics and pharmaceutical pricing for the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. Ms. Tikkanen has also worked at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health, where she led a study on hospital charity care payments and access for low-income New Yorkers. At CUNY, Ms. Tikkanen secured grants from the New York City Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene and a private New York-based foundation. She has previously been awarded a Margaret Mahoney Fellowship at the New York Academy of Medicine, a program co-funded by the Commonwealth Fund. Ms. Tikkanen has worked as a medical writer in the pharmaceutical sector and as a research assistant at a university completing complex statistical analyses of survey outcomes.
Ms. Tikkanen holds a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management in addition to a Masters of Research in Integrative Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Manchester in England.