Project Manager, Maternal Mortality Review Committee, New Jersey Department of Health
Renee Kraus recently joined the New Jersey Department of Health to serve as the Program Manager of the State’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee. In this role, she applies her clinical and project management experience to analyze and communicate health data, inform health policy, and improve the health of birthing people in New Jersey. Renee has a particular interest in how Medicaid eligibility, insurance payment models, and the support of community doulas impact birthing and overall health outcomes. Prior to joining the Department of Health, Renee worked as a Population Health Coordinator with the Trenton Health Team, a non-profit community health improvement collaborative. There, she convened cross-sector stakeholder groups, implemented and managed community programs, and conducted a Community Health Needs and Assets Assessment for the City of Trenton. She brings clinical and policy expertise to her public health roles after working as a Registered Nurse with Planned Parenthood in Trenton, a labor and delivery nurse at Penn Medicine Princeton Health and Saint Peter’s University Hospital, and a Health Policy Intern with the Children’s Home Society of NJ. As a Health Policy Intern, Renee contributed to the sustainability planning for a new Spanish-speaking community doula program by drafting and proposing stakeholder-sourced policy recommendations for Medicaid reimbursement of doula care in New Jersey. Renee is a proud first generation college student who earned her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from University of Minnesota, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Regis University in her home state of Colorado. During her time at Regis, Renee founded and led a chapter of Global Medical Brigades and coordinated a community health fair that served around 1,000 community members on her school’s campus. In her free time Renee enjoys cooking delicious creations and spending time outdoors with her partner, Brian, and their pets. In recent years Renee has taken up rowing with Carnegie Lake Rowing Association and currently serves on the Board Elections Committee and Learn-to-Row Committee, where she promotes lowering financial barriers and recruiting adults of different backgrounds into the sport.