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Enrique Martinez-Vidal, Director

Enrique Martinez-Vidal is Vice President for State Policy and Technical Assistance at AcademyHealth. He is also the director of State Coverage Initiatives, a grant program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which provides timely, experience- and research-based information and technical assistance to state leaders in order to help them move health care reform forward at the state level. From 2010 to 2015, he served as a trustee on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board.

From 2013-2015, Mr. Martinez-Vidal was the co-project director for a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-sponsored initiative to manage and learn about payment and delivery system reform by working with a number of payment reform grantees to compile and disseminate lessons learned. Additionally, from 2011-2014, he served as the Project Director for AHRQ's Knowledge Transfer and Implementation Contract overseeing AcademyHealth’s work with the Medicaid Medical Directors Learning Network and the Medicaid Network for Evidence-Based Treatment (MEDNET) project. From 2008 to 2010, he served as the project director for the State Quality Improvement Institute, a Commonwealth Fund-sponsored learning collaborative and technical assistance project that assisted states with developing and implementing sustainable quality improvement strategies.

Previously Mr. Martinez-Vidal was the deputy director for performance and benefits at the Maryland Health Care Commission, an independent state agency. There he was responsible for the oversight of Maryland's small group insurance market reforms; the annual evaluation of Maryland's mandated health insurance benefits; the collection and public dissemination of quality and performance information for hospitals, nursing homes and health plans; providing primary assistance on all legislative issues; and working on numerous other projects related to the affordability of health care, quality improvement, and patient safety.

Mr. Martinez-Vidal was also formerly a policy analyst with the Maryland Department of Legislative Services staffing the House Economic Matters Committee for five years.

He has a B.A. in political science and international studies from Dickinson College and a master's degree in public policy from Georgetown University

Isabel Friedenzohn, Deputy Director 

Isabel Friedenzohn is a director in the State Policy and Technical Assistance team at AcademyHealth. Ms. Friedenzohn is also the deputy director of the State Coverage Initiatives (SCI) program, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RJWF) which provides timely, experience- and research-based information and technical assistance to state leaders in order to help them move health care reform forward at the state level. Ms. Friedenzohn has over ten years of experience providing technical assistance and coaching to state health policy professionals exploring a wide variety of health policy reforms. During her tenure, she has overseen various elements of the program including grant administration and oversight for RWJF as well as other federal contracts. Currently, Ms. Friedenzohn is an integral part of the State Network program, a new venture by RWJF, coordinating technical assistance to selected states to effectively implement the Affordable Care Act.

Isabel has a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Literature from the University of Michigan, and a Master's of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.


Rebecca Normile, Research Associate

Rebecca Normile is a Research Associate at AcademyHealth, working on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's State Coverage Initiatives (SCI) program. Prior to joining AcademyHealth in October 2012, she served as an AmeriCorps Member at Primary Care Providers for a Healthy Feliciana, a network of six Federally Qualified Health Centers in Southeast Louisiana. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Science degree in public health from Temple University.