Linda J. Cragin
Linda Cragin brings expertise in caring for underserved populations to her work as Director/Principal Investigator of the MassAHEC Network (Massachusetts Area Health Education Centers Network) at UMass Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research. Through six community-based Area Health Education Centers located across the state, Ms. Cragin collaborates to provide community-based training experiences for students in the health professions, continuing education opportunities for health care professionals, and health careers recruitment programs for underserved, underrepresented, and economically and educationally disadvantaged populations. In this role, she works closely with MassHealth, the state’s Primary Care Office at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the Departments of Higher Education, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, and other public and private departments and agencies.
Prior to joining UMass Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research, Ms. Cragin Cragin worked in a federal and state demonstration program serving dually-eligible Medicare/Medicaid elders and served as Director of Geriatrics for both UMass Memorial and Beverly hospitals. As the Assistant Secretary for Program Management for the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Elder Affairs, she was responsible for the state’s network of Aging Services Access Points and assisted living facility certification. She serves on many local and state advisory boards and the National AHEC Organization’s Board and Executive Committee.
Ms. Cragin is an Instructor in UMass Medical School's Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Graduate School of Nursing. In this capacity, she fosters interprofessional education and community based learning experiences for clinicians interested in primary care.
In addition to a bachelor’s degree in social psychology and community health from Tufts University, Ms. Cragin holds a master’s degree in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health. She also has a certificate in aging leadership from the National Institute on Aging.