Rodlescia Sneed

Assistant Professor
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.


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.