Rodlescia Sneed

Assistant Professor
Organization
College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University

Dr. Sneed is an assistant professor in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University (MSU).   She is a public health researcher interested in evaluating and improving how older adults age successfully in economically vulnerable communities.  Her work considers individual, interpersonal, community and policy-level factors that impact health-related outcomes for low-income older adults.   Further, she utilizes community engaged approaches to understand how chronic disease prevention and intervention efforts work best among older adults in community settings.    Dr. Sneed is a Research Scientist with the Michigan Center for Urban African-American Aging Research (MCUAAAR), and a Faculty Fellow in the MSU Center of Excellence Faculty Development program.  A native of Detroit, Michigan,  Dr. Sneed earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Epidemiology at Columbia University and a PhD in Social and Health Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University.

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In January 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued policy guidance for states interested in requiring workforce participation or other community engagement activities as a condition for Medicaid eligibility among working aged beneficiaries. To date, these policies have received mixed reviews: proponents say that these requirements promote financial independence for families and individuals, while opponents argue that requirements disenfranchise the nation’s most medically vulnerable citizens.