Tahra Johnson

Health Policy Specialist

Tahra Johnson is an expert in Maternal and Child Health, Oral Health, Women's Health, Chronic Disease and Wellness. As a policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), her responsibilities include writing publications, giving presentations, tracking state legislation, collecting information about current events related to health topics, performing policy research, responding to requests for technical assistance and information, assisting with planning and facilitating multi-state meetings and collaborating with other national organizations. Prior to working at NCSL, Tahra was a senior analyst with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), where she worked on maternal and child health, chronic disease prevention and evidence-based public health. Tahra earned her masters degree in public health from George Washington University and she earned her bachelors degree in business and health promotion from American University.

Episodes for this expert

  • Breastfeeding Laws in the United States

    Here in the United States, we have laws that help protect breastfeeding and pumping moms, such as the right to nurse your baby in public. But many of these laws are determined by the individual states. So, what exactly are your rights? How do you learn about these laws? And why do we need even laws that determine how and when we can feed our babies?

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