Rebecca Whitaker, PhD, MSPH
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Master of Science in Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Bachelor of Arts, Princeton University
Rebecca Whitaker, PhD, MSPH, is a Research Director with Duke-Margolis focused on state and regional health care transformation with a particular emphasis on North Carolina’s health reform activities. In this role, Rebecca helps lead the Center’s research and policy analysis related to care delivery and payment reform. Rebecca brings extensive experience in health services research, policy analysis, and program and policy implementation focused on Medicaid, social drivers of health, safety-net delivery systems, and underserved populations.
Prior to joining Duke-Margolis, Dr. Whitaker served as Director of Health Policy & Governmental Affairs at the North Carolina Community Health Center Association, where she led the Association’s state and federal policy agenda and guided North Carolina health centers through large-scale payment and care delivery reforms, including Affordable Care Act implementation. During this time, she was also a Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellow through North Carolina’s Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation.