Olivia Gomez Director, Health and Nutrition Policy

Olivia Gomez serves as the Director of Health and Nutrition Policy at First Focus on Children. Her work focuses on enhancing health outcomes for children by advocating for policies that improve access to health coverage and nutritional foods, reduce child poverty, and keep our environment free from toxins and pollutants.

Prior to joining First Focus, Olivia was an intern in Senator Robert P. Casey’s office, where she provided research and legislative support for the Senator on a number of different policy issues. Olivia also was a public health policy intern at the Office of National Drug Control Policy within the Executive Office of the President, where she worked to improve access to evidence-based treatments for those with substance use disorder. While completing her degree, she served as a tutor to student-athletes and was a public health science ambassador to prospective students for the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

Olivia is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health.

Resources by Olivia Gomez


Issue Brief: Behavioral Health Parity For Children

| September 14, 2022 |

What Is Behavioral Health Parity? Treating mental health conditions and substance use disorders as equivalent to other health conditions in insurance plans is what


Fact Sheet: The High Cost of Prescription Drugs & the Impact on Children

| August 3, 2022 |

Background Americans pay nearly double, and sometimes triple, the cost of prescription drugs compared to other industrialized nations. Children are not immune to this


Watch: Child Nutrition Policy 101 and Q&A with USDA Deputy Undersecretary Stacy Dean

| July 28, 2022 |

Food and nutrition insecurity among children, particularly children of color and children from low-income backgrounds, remains stubbornly high, and dietary diseases among children are increasing. The


Issue Brief: The Need to Incorporate Children, Youth, and Adolescents into State 988 Systems

| July 14, 2022 |

States are currently in the process of implementing the 988 National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, passed by Congress and signed into law in October


Response to Request for Information on Medicaid & CHIP

| April 18, 2022 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following responses to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ request for information on access to coverage and


Fact Sheet: Mental Health & Kids

| April 8, 2022 |

Children and teens in our country are experiencing a mental health crisis. Even before the pandemic, this crisis was severe, with 1-in-5 children under


Fact Sheet: Removing the “Family Glitch” from the ACA

| January 27, 2022 |

On December 10, 2021, the Biden Administration took a positive step toward fixing the “family glitch,” which impacts the ability of over 5 million


New USDA guidance will curb the chilling effect of public charge

| January 24, 2022 |

Earlier this month, we were very pleased to see that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued


Comments on Georgia’s Section 1332 Waiver

| January 7, 2022 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid


What’s at stake for kids if Congress doesn’t pass Build Back Better

| December 22, 2021 |

As negotiations have stalled and the fate of the Build Back Better Act hangs in the balance, children stand to lose access to monthly