Advancing the Science of OT

  • Grant Recipient, Jewel Elias Crasta, PhD, OTR/L, Ohio State University
    Characterizing OT Intervention for Children with ASD
  • Promoting Occupational Therapy Research and Training to Advance Lives
    Building Research Capacity
  • Grant Recipient, Adam Kinney, PhD, OTR/L, Univ. of Colorado
    Access to OT Services among Veterans


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Merrill Friedman, BA


Merrill is Regional Vice President, Inclusive Policy & Advocacy for Anthem where she leads the advocacy strategy and execution. She works collaboratively with consumers, advocates and stakeholders to ensure the diverse interests of various communities e.g., disability, aging, LGBTQA+, and child welfare inform Anthem’s health benefits approaches and healthcare programs. Ms. Friedman advances the integration of the independent living philosophy, person-centered thinking, and the National Advisory Board (NAB) on Improving Healthcare Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities six foundational principles throughout programs, individual interactions, and business practices. In addition, she leads strategic partnerships with national and local organizations to advance access, health equity, and inclusive public policy. Previously, Ms. Friedman was interim director at a nonprofit foster care agency serving children and adolescents who experienced severe neglect...