Eskedar Girmash

Eskedar Girmash

Policy Fellow

Eskedar is a Policy Fellow at the National Health Law Program’s D.C. office where she researches health policy issues, monitors federal and state laws and regulations, and supports the development and implementation of legal, policy, and advocacy strategies.

Eskedar comes to the National Health Law Program from the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), where she researched policies and issues to improve care for children and youth with special health care needs. Prior to her work at NASHP, she was an intern in Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s DC Office where she supported health policy research and legislative work. Eskedar began her health policy career as an intern on the federal affairs team at the National Association of Community Health Centers.

Eskedar graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College where she studied Africana Studies. She completed an honors thesis on racial maternal health inequities that explored how Birth Justice praxis can mold health policy and medical education to improve health outcomes for Black mothers. During her undergraduate years, Eskedar was involved with the McKeen Center for the Common Good, the service engagement center at Bowdoin. She participated in and led discussions about ethical community engagement, the intersections of immigration policy and health equity, and the importance of recognizing and unpacking identity and privilege in service work. Eskedar pursued a summer fellowship through the McKeen Center her sophomore year to explore her interests of public health at Oasis Free Clinics in Brunswick, ME.

Eskedar has seen two of the seven world wonders of the world during a study abroad trip to India, South Africa, and Brazil and looks forward to traveling more in the future.