Magda Schaler-Haynes

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Magda Schaler-Haynes, J.D., M.P.H. is a Professor of Health Policy and Management and Professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Her research and teaching focus on health law and policy including reproductive healthcare, health professional regulation, and pandemic response. Schaler-Haynes’ career spans over two decades in health law and policy, including multiple roles in public service at state and federal levels.

She previously served as Senior Advisor at the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General based in the Division of Consumer Affairs, where she served as a member of the COVID-19 response team and led initiatives focused on provider supply, reproductive health, scopes of practice and licensure, health equity and nondiscrimination.  She has also served as Director of Policy and Strategic Planning at the New Jersey Department of Health, as well as Special Advisor for healthcare and women’s issues to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Senior Health Policy Advisor at the New York State Insurance Department. Schaler-Haynes has also served as an independent health policy consultant and holds a J.D. and M.P.H. degree from Columbia University.

Presentation (PDF format): Licensing Midwives to Improve Health Outcomes