Olivia Gomez Assistant Director, Health Policy and Research

Olivia Gomez serves as the Assistant Director of Health Policy and Research. 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

What Congress can do about hunger & homelessness this holiday season

| November 22, 2021 |

Heading into Thanksgiving, the negative economic reverberations of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be strongest for families with children who were already struggling to

Policy Brief: 10 Ways to Improve the Health Coverage of America’s Children

| November 10, 2021 |

While much progress has been made in health care coverage for children, there is still more to do to ensure that the more than

Climate Displacement is a Kids Issue

| October 13, 2021 |

In recent years, natural disasters and extreme weather events have been occurring at alarming rates. This past summer was particularly worrisome in the U.S.

This Earth Day, Let’s Remember to Prioritize Kids in Climate Change Policy

| April 21, 2021 |

Since President Biden has taken office, it seems America is finally taking the threat of climate change and the implications it has seriously. Just

Congress is Taking Action to Ensure We Cut Child Poverty in Half

| March 3, 2021 |

House and Senate Democrats are poised to re-introduce the Child Poverty Reduction Act tomorrow. Led by Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) and Sen. Bob Casey

European Court of Human Rights embraces case charging that climate change violates children’s human rights

| December 7, 2020 |

The European Court of Human Rights has accepted — and fast-tracked — a case asserting that climate change violates children’s human rights. The lawsuit,

Key Stats on the Effect of COVID-19 on Kids

| November 19, 2020 |

The COVID-19 pandemic is doing more than exposing the racial, ethnic, and economic disparities existing in our society; it is compounding them, and so

Nearly 1 Million Children Infected with COVID-19 Since Pandemic Began

| November 12, 2020 |

Nearly 1 million children across the United States have been infected with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to a new report by The

Georgia waiver ending federal marketplace could push rate of uninsured children even higher

| November 4, 2020 |

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have approved Georgia’s 1332 State Relief and Empowerment waiver, allowing the state to exit the federal insurance marketplace.

Polluted air kills a half-million babies around the globe, research finds

| October 29, 2020 |

Stunning figures from the State of Global Air 2020 report blame air pollution for 20% of newborn deaths worldwide, with nearly 476,000 infants dying