Sarah Norman joined NeighborWorks in 2014 as director of healthy homes and communities. This newly created position recognizes the important role that homes and neighborhoods play in determining health, and the focus that NeighborWorks places on promoting health through community development.
The move to NeighborWorks puts Norman right where she wants to be — close to the ground where effective programs and policies are developed. Norman discovered the importance of field work when she served as chief of the lead, asthma and healthy housing bureau and as senior policy advisor for the Baltimore City Health Department.
“We visited the homes of children whose asthma was sending them to the emergency department and causing them to miss school. Many of these children were living in homes with leaks, mold and other asthma triggers,” says Norman. “You could see right away how impossible it is to expect sick children to get better when they’re living in environments that contribute to their sickness.”
Norman came to NeighborWorks from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), where she directed a $250 million grant program to enhance transparency around medical and insurance prices. Previously, she served as senior advisor to the director of oversight at the CMS Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight.
Norman also served as senior health and housing policy advisor to New York’s Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter and worked in public health in Egypt, Zambia and Ethiopia.
A Massachusetts native, Norman worked in the state's House of Representatives and completed her education at Harvard University, with both a master's degree in public policy from The Harvard Kennedy School and a BA from Harvard College. Norman also serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Baltimore Medical System and the Harvard Alumni Association.