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


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Kirstin Craciun 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 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.

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.

Craciun has presented to an array of audiences including hospital CEOs and other C-level hospital personnel, health commissioners, business leaders, consumer advocacy groups 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.

Craciun has also been involved in various community initiatives. She led a working group of hospital personnel in identifying projects to improve language access for hospital patients in Northeast Ohio. She has also worked with community groups to create a brochure publicizing free healthcare in Northeast Ohio and took the lead in creating and facilitating training on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

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:

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