Dr. Wilensky focuses on financing, access and health care needs of the medically underserved, with an emphasis on issues relating to Medicaid. After completing her undergraduate work, Professor Wilensky served as a fellow at Plan de Salud del Valle Community Health Center, located in rural Colorado, gaining first-hand insights into the needs of these populations. Subsequently, she pursued a law degree, clerked for a federal judge, and worked briefly at a law firm, before becoming a member of the GW health policy faculty in 2002.
Dr. Wilensky teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate public health programs and has co-authored a textbook, Essentials of Health Policy and Law, which is used at both levels study. Dr. Wilensky serves on two Department committees – Curriculum and Recruitment and Admissions -- and on the School's Undergraduate Curriculum Sub-committee.
As the Director of the Undergraduate Program in Public Health, Professor Wilensky oversees three undergraduate programs, a Public Health major, minor, and five year BS/MPH dual-degree program. GW is one of only a handful of schools that offers a full array of public health opportunities to our undergraduate students.