Samantha Lang is an experienced public health professional with more than 10 years of experience conducting research, outreach, and providing organizational support. She has practical knowledge of health policy, harm reduction, and the criminal-legal system and is passionate about promoting health equity and patient autonomy.
During her career she has worked in behavioral, reproductive, homecare, senior, and low-income health service environments. She has extensive experience in qualitative research and data collection, policy analysis, outreach and project management.
Before joining HMA, Samantha served as both a research coordinator and a program manager for the HEALing Communities Study based out of Columbia University, a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded study with the goal of reducing opioid overdose fatalities in 67 communities by 40% in three years. While there, she provided organizational support to community coalitions working to implement study interventions, and project management for the Columbia research team.
Samantha has worked with stakeholders across the substance use disorder sector, from consumers to providers and policy makers. Samantha has also worked with the Health Home program as a patient intake coordinator, and as a research assistant for Gynuity Health Projects with a focus on reproductive healthcare. Her other areas of focus include justice-involved care, health equity work, and projects related to social determinants of health.
Samantha earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University where she majored in English. She also earned a Master of Public Health from The City University of New York School of Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management.
Samantha grew up in Brooklyn, and currently lives in Beacon, New York with her fiancé and their dog, Tony.