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Jodi Ray

USF Florida Covering Kids & Families
Jodi Ray
Jodi Ray is the Director and Principal Investigator for Florida Covering Kids and Families, at the University of South Florida’s Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies. The Chiles Center conducts regional, national and international service, research and educational programs to promote maternal and child health of under-served populations. Ms. Ray has over 16 years’ experience in providing outreach and enrollment services in Florida. Her career at the Chiles Center began in 1998 as Research Coordinator, coordinating multi-media campaigns to let women know about the Family Planning Waiver and to make families aware of the Florida KidCare Program. Over the course of her career, she has overseen statewide efforts to connect consumers to public health coverage programs,which has led to her broad scope and understanding of the design and implementation of community-based collaborative initiatives to reduce the uninsured. Ms. Ray has been the recipient of four federal grants focused on enrolling children into health coverage and more recently, Ms. Ray has received four awards from The Department of Health and Human Services to provide Navigators throughout the entire state of Florida, to educate and enroll consumers into the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace.Ms. Ray currently oversees the largest federally funded HHS Navigator grant in the country. Ms. Ray has been recognized throughout her career for her accomplishments. She was a recipient of a National Education in Children’s Health Outreach and Enrollment (ECHOE) Honor from HHS, a Healthy Hero Award from the Amerigroup Foundation for education and communication coordination with the community partners during the Florida KidCare open enrollment period, as well a Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Health Care Community Outreach award for working with families to help them gain healthcare coverage for their children through Medicaid and CHIP. Ms. Ray holds a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication from the University of South Florida and B.A. from Florida State University in Creative Writing