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Akriti Bhambi, Director, Health Equity

Akriti Bhambi advances MHA’s health equity agenda by leading the development of goals and programming to reduce heath disparities and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the healthcare delivery system. 

Previously, Akriti served as MHA’s Director of Policy and Government Advocacy, where she contributed to the development of MHA’s legislative priorities. Akriti came to the association after serving as Chief of Staff for Massachusetts State Representative Marjorie Decker and the Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery. During her tenure with Representative Decker, Akriti worked on several pieces of legislation that were eventually signed into law, including gun safety measures and an expansion of cash benefits for low-income families. She oversaw committee work that supported increased access to behavioral health treatment for students, justice-involved populations, and individuals in recovery from substance use disorder. Prior to her work in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Akriti supported the Ministry of Education in Chile as it released a national curriculum reform package.

Akriti is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she focused her research on equitable funding models and cultural competence within social services.