Dr. LaShawn McIver
Dr. LaShawn McIver joined CMS as the Director of the Office of Minority Health in August 2020. She is a proven public health leader with experience in driving successful health initiatives and public policy efforts aimed at promoting health equity, improving health outcomes, increasing access to care, and promoting health system reform.
Before joining CMS, Dr. McIver led Government Affairs & Advocacy (GA&A) efforts at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) as its Vice President of Public Policy & Strategic Alliances and later as its Senior Vice President of all GA&A. During her 9-year tenure with the ADA, she provided strategic direction and oversight of the ADA’s advocacy activities which focused on increasing federal and state funding for diabetes research and programs; eliminating diabetes disparities; diabetes prevention; and improving the availability of accessible, adequate, and affordable health care. She has also served as the inaugural HIV/AIDS fellow for the Congressional Black Caucus’ Center for Policy Analysis and Research and as a program director at the Baltimore City Health Department.
Dr. McIver earned a Medical Degree in International Health & Medicine through the Medical School for International Health in Collaboration with Columbia University’s Medical Center and a master’s degree of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
CAPT Wanda Finch
CAPT Wanda Finch is a Health Services Officer of the US Public Health Service assigned as Deputy Director at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Minority Health. Prior to CMS, she served as Senior Public Health Advisor at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Consumer Affairs in the Center for Mental Health Services. As the Project Coordinator for Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Strategy, she led a national initiative designed to promote the adoption of policies and practices to facilitate treatment and recovery support services at state and community levels. She was responsible for implementation of technical assistance, training and administrative oversight to service system authorities. She also managed programs aimed to increase access to evidence-based treatment and service options for trauma focused service systems for children, youth and families, and provide integrated health care in health care settings for people living with serious mental illness and substance use disorders.
CAPT Wanda Finch also worked at the Defense Centers for Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. During her tenure there, she served as Program Manager for Suicide Prevention and Family and Community Resilience efforts. As Chief for the Psychological Health Advocacy Division in the Psychological Health Promotion Directorate, she was responsible for strategic planning and coordination of initiatives to increase access to care, focus on psychological health determinants of care, increase mental health literacy and empower Department of Defense beneficiaries in care.
CAPT Finch received a Master’s of Social Work from Howard University, a Master’s of Counselor Education – Rehabilitation from the Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Jackson State University. She has over 27 years of professional social work experience serving adults and youth living with mental and substance use disorders, military families, child welfare, and underserved populations.
Alexandra (Alex) Bryden
Acting Director, Program Alignment and Partner Engagement Group
Alexandra “Alex” Bryden, MPP, serves as the Acting Director of the Program Alignment and Partner Engagement Group (PAPEG) at the CMS Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH). PAPEG is responsible for working across CMS programs, policies, models, and demonstrations to ensure that the needs of minority and underserved populations are met. She leads the CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare and the Minority Research Grant Program. PAPEG also provides Health Equity Technical Assistance to organizations interested in embedding equity into their policies, programs, and initiatives. Alex brings nearly two decades of local and national experience with safety net providers including Federally Qualified Health Centers and applies her training in policy analysis and communication to identify and implement solutions to complex systemic challenges in health and health care. She has been with CMS (and CMS OMH) since 2013 and began her tenure at the agency with the design and launch of the Coverage to Care initiative. During her time with the office she has worked on a broad spectrum of CMS OMH projects and activities, including embedding equity within CMS regulatory and payment policies for Medicare A/B/C/D and Marketplace, quality improvement contractors, CMMI’s Accountable Health Communities and other models/evaluation design, and has led internal working groups and affinity groups.
Meagan T. Khau, M.H.A.
Director, Data and Policy Analytics Group
Meagan Khau is the Director of the Data and Policy Analytics Group (DPAG) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (OMH). DPAG conducts research, data collection, and analyses to identify targets to reduce health disparities and improve quality of care, care transitions, access to care, and beneficiary satisfaction for the vulnerable populations. DPAG is also involved in developing and implementing initiatives and data analyses to support cross-component/cross-agency collaborations to improve data collection, analysis, and reporting of race and ethnicity, primary language, disability, gender, and other characteristics associated with health disparities.
Prior to joining CMS OMH, Meagan was the Deputy Director of the Division of Pharmacy in the Center for the Medicaid and CHIP Services, managing the operations of the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program, supporting system developments, ensuring program compliance, and implementing new policies and regulations.
Meagan received her Master of Health Administration from the University of Southern California and B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine.
Pamela J. Gentry
Pamela J. Gentry is the Senior Advisor to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to joining the office in 2013, Gentry was the Director of the Strategic Marketing Group, where she was responsible for the development and execution of national education and outreach campaigns for Medicare, Medicaid, the Health Insurance Marketplace and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. These federal health care programs serve more than 100 million Americans.
Gentry returned to federal service in 2010 after eight years as senior manager in broadcast and online media for BET Networks. She joined BET as senior producer and bureau chief for CBS/BET Nightly News in 2002.
Gentry created BET’s first online political blog in 2005, “Pamela on Politics.” In 2009, she became the network’s senior political analyst responsible for the daily coverage of the White House and legislative activity on Capitol Hill.
Prior to coming to BET, Gentry was a political producer for the public affairs network C-SPAN; served as the Associate Administrator for External Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services; and worked at W*USA-TV Channel 9 in Washington, D.C. as a producer and assignment editor.
Gentry has appeared regularly as a political analyst on CNN, Fox News, BBC World News and Sky News discussing politics. She has appeared frequently on WOL Radio’s The Joe Madison Show; XM Radio’s presidential talk show POTUS; National Public Radio’s Tell Me More; The Right Side with Armstrong Williams; and PBS' The White House Chronicles. Gentry was also a guest blogger for the website HuffingtonPost.com.