Walae Hayek, Manager, Healthcare Policy
Walae Hayek (she/they) is MHA's Manager of Healthcare Policy, focusing on behavioral health policies such as access to and quality of care. Walae previously worked as an EMT and has more than six years of experience in healthcare, academia, and advocacy. Her research has focused on different behavioral health issues and methods for quality improvement in emergency departments. Their experiences in the field shaped their drive towards building community and advocating for social equity. Walae’s public health background plays a significant role in translating passion for social justice into action.
She has Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience from Tufts University and a Master’s in Public Health in Community Assessment, Program Development, and Evaluation with a focus in health policy from Boston University School of Public Health.