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Kirstin Craciun, MPP, MSWKirstin Craciun, MPP, MSW
Director, Community Outreach


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Kirstin Craciun, MPP, MSW, is the director of community outreach for The Center for Health Affairs. In this capacity, Craciun helps member hospitals conduct community health needs assessments (CHNAs) and co-led efforts to develop the first joint collaborative community health assessment in Cuyahoga County in 2018 that brought together hospital and public health partners. Craciun leads The Center’s CHNA Roundtable, which brings individuals from the hospital community and other essential stakeholders together to share best practices, support one another and discuss opportunities for collaboration.

Craciun has presented to an array of national, state and local audiences including hospital CEOs and other C-level hospital personnel, health commissioners, business leaders, consumer advocates and healthcare consumers. Topics covered include implications of the Affordable Care Act, population health planning in Ohio, language access issues, Ohio's biennial state budget, and the economic impact of hospitals in Northeast Ohio. In February 2018, she served on the “Why Community Health Planning Matters” panel at The City Club of Cleveland.

Craciun is actively engaged on many committees and boards that aim to ensure all individuals in Northeast Ohio are able to achieve their highest health potential. She serves on the Healthy Lakewood Foundation board, the HIP-Cuyahoga Steering Committee, the United Way Health Impact Committee, and the State Health Assessment / State Health Improvement Plan Advisory Committee, to name a few.

She has over 10 years of experience working in the public policy realm and has researched and written more than 100 publications addressing key health policy issues affecting Northeast Ohio hospitals for an audience of 500 policymakers and local opinion leaders.

Prior to working at The Center, Craciun worked at the Education Commission of the States in Denver, Colorado, as a policy analyst where she conducted state policy scans of education accountability systems and authored policy briefs on key education issues. 

She obtained a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She received bachelor degrees in psychology and French from Ohio University.

Kirstin Craciun lives in Lakewood, Ohio, with her husband and their three children.

Craciun's areas of expertise include:

  • Healthcare Policy
  • Community Health Needs Assessment Services
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Population Health
  • Language Access In Hospitals
  • Ohio's Biennial State Budget
  • Economic Impact Of Hospitals

For more information or to contact Kirstin Craciun, please call 800.362.2628 ext. 3616 or contact us.