Gabriela most recently worked at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. She joined the Foundation in 2012 as Health Policy Director and subsequently became Vice President of Policy and Program. Her responsibilities included implementing the Foundation’s Strategic Plan; providing oversight to Program Officers, Community Research Officer, and interns; and working closely with the Communications Director. Gabriela was the lead on the Foundation’s health policy work.


Gabriela has experience in the government, nonprofit, academic, and community sectors, including qualitative research, community engagement, policy analysis and development, program development and implementation, capacity building, advocacy, and writing for various audiences. She has been active on boards and coalitions addressing public health policy, health equity, and communities of color.


In June 2017, Gabriela will join the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, in Richmond, Virginia, as Managing Director for Equity and Health.


She holds a DrPH in Health Administration from the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a Master’s in Public Health (M.P.H.) from Boston University; and a Bachelor’s of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from the University of Louisville.


Recent Posts by M. Gabriela Alcalde

Investing In Policy And Advocacy: A Foundation Shares Lessons Learned

A foundation in Kentucky worked in a rapidly changing policy landscape following election of a new governor. See what strategies the funder's Promoting Responsive Health Policy initiative has used and what challenges it has encountered.

Kentucky Medicaid Program At A Crossroads

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (R) has released a Medicaid section 1115 demonstration project proposal. The proposed waiver contains some positive components but also areas of concern, says a staffer from a statewide foundation.

Tracking The Impact Of The Affordable Care Act In Kentucky

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has contracted with researchers to monitor the effects of the ACA on Kentucky residents.

Health Care Price Transparency: A Meeting Of The Minds In Kentucky

A foundation in Kentucky held a symposium focused on the role of the all-payer claims database, Kentucky is developing one to improve the health of Kentuckians "by providing complete and transparent information about health care utilization and outcomes.”

How To Build Healthy Places Through Cross-Sector Collaboration

A foundation's annual policy forum focused on social determinants of health this year, including transportation and housing, education, food, and the workplace.

October 7, 2015GrantWatch, Health Equity, Public Health

A Foundation Delves into Health Care Price Transparency

A foundation convened more than sixty Kentucky leaders in government, business, policy, and health care for a facilitated discussion about price transparency. Speakers were from the National Academy for State Health Policy, Consumers Union, Catalyst for Payment Reform, and other organizations...

Community Health Workers Attend Statewide Convening Cosponsored by a Foundation

The health system in the United States is undergoing transformative changes at the local, state, and national levels. A significant part of this change is the estimated 20 million-plus people that have gained health coverage, many for the first time, through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In...

How Do You Keep School-Age Children Healthy? Report from a Health Policy Forum

On September 16, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky held its eleventh annual Bost Health Policy Forum, in Erlanger, Kentucky, a small town in the northern region of the state. This year’s event, titled “Communities Connecting for Healthier Kids,” stimulated discussions about keeping today’s...

Doing Care Differently in Rural Kentucky: Health Policy through a Rural Lens

The author is director of health policy at Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. On May 7, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Kentucky Rural Health Association (KRHA) convened the Doing Care Differently in Rural Kentucky health policy conference. This one-day event, held the day before...

Report from the Field on a Kentucky Policy Forum on Integrating Medical and Behavioral Care

GrantWatch Blog invited the author, who recently joined the staff of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, to report on its recent Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum, which was held in Lexington. On September 17, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky held its tenth annual health...