Mary Takach, M.P.H., is program director at the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), where she works on projects focused on primary care, specifically medical homes, federally qualified health centers, workforce, and quality issues. She is the staff lead on a project that is helping states advance medical homes in their Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs. She also is the lead on a National Cooperative Agreement from the U.S. Department of Health’s Health Resources and Service Administration that is seeking to inform state policymakers about issues that affect federally qualified health centers. Ms. Takach joined NASHP in 2007 with a background in health policy and clinical care. Previously, she worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to two congressmen, where she focused on health care, welfare, and veterans’ and aging issues. She has also worked in a wide variety of health care settings as a registered nurse. She holds a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.