Cheryl Camillo '98 MPA lives in Saskatchewan, Canada, where she is a Visiting Fulbright Fellow at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina. The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy is the province's interdisciplinary center for public policy research, teaching, outreach and training.
As a Fulbright Fellow, Camillo is conducting a case study on how Saskatchewan, the province from which the Canadian health care system emerged, is organized to monitor the health of its population. Through this case study she hopes to identify lessons for U.S. states whose responsibility for insuring and regulating the health of their residents is growing.
Camillo has been working as a health policy researcher for six years. Prior to entering research, she served for 11 years in federal and state government. From 2007-2009, as deputy Medicaid Director for the State of Maryland, she developed and implemented an expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults that became the model for national health care reform (the Affordable Care Act). Previously, she, Camillo served as a special assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Maxwell alumna and advisory board member Donna Shalala), where she coordinated efforts to airlift and resettle over 3,000 refugees from the Bosnian War.
When asked about her experience at Maxwell, Camillo described it as being both a tremendously positive and beneficial experience. Camillo states, “Maxwell's approach of incorporating group work and presentations into each course was invaluable, as most careers require strong collaboration and communication skills.” She went on to explain that while at Maxwell, one of her most influential courses was Jodi Sandfort's "Implementation of Social Policy." To this day, she remains in contact with Professor Sandfort and continues to discuss implementation ideas with her.
During her time at Maxwell, Camillo worked as a graduate assistant for the Career and Alumni Services Office. She believes this position gave her the opportunity to meet some of Maxwell's talented, accomplished, and diverse alumni. Her advice to Maxwell students is to, “remain humble, inquisitive, and forthcoming and things will fall into place. Most importantly, remember The Athenian Oath!”