Kirin Goff, JD, MA
Kirin leads the Applied Health Policy Institute. She is a Lecturer at the College of Public Health and Professor of Practice in Law at the James E. Rogers College of Law, where she teaches a course on regulatory science.
She is a lawyer and went to law school at the University of Arizona. Kirin also has two Anthropology degrees, including a Bachelor’s in cultural Anthropology from Willamette University and a Master’s in Global Health from Arizona State University, where her studies focused on applied social science in public health.
Kirin has done a variety of policy-related work, including among other things policy and legal research and analysis, drafting bills and regulations, community-based participatory research, and helping candidates form their policy platform. Kirin was a Senior Rules Analyst at the Arizona Department of Health Services, where she wrote regulations, including regulations adopted in response to the opioid epidemic. Most recently, she worked as a litigator practicing political and constitutional law at the Torres Law Group before joining the University of Arizona.
She has taught courses in anthropology, global health, Medicaid, and health policy and regulation. Her work includes varied public health topics, such as health impact assessment, Medicaid, reproductive health, and tobacco.
Kirin is an Arizona native passionate about creating healthy communities in her home state and beyond.
Heather Carter, Ed. D.
Heather Carter is an Advisor to the Applied Health Policy Institute and one of its founders. She recently joined the Greater Phoenix Leadership Council as Executive Vice President, where she focuses on issues related to healthcare and education.
Until October 2020, she was an Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and an Associate Director of the Arizona Center for Rural Health.
Most notably, Heather has a long history of public service. She served as a state Senator for Legislative District 15 and was Vice Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee. Before switching to the Senate, she served in the Arizona House of Representatives for eight years and was Chair of the Health Committee from 2013 to 2018.
She also spent several years as an Associate Clinical Professor at Arizona State University teaching classes in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and was Assistant Dean in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, where she created executive education courses for health professionals on topics related to health policy. She has a Doctorate in Education from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s in Education from Arizona State University.
Anitha is a pharmacy affiliate at the Applied Health Policy Institute (AHPI) and a second-year student at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. Anitha is passionate about bridging the gap between public health policy and healthcare professionals. At AHPI, she manages social media, contributes to course design and development, and works on independent projects such as health-related publications.
In her free time, she loves traveling, trying new food, and exploring Tucson!
Asha is a law affiliate of the Applied Health Policy Institute. She is 3L at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, focusing on Health Law and Policy. Medicaid is her primary interest area and she has done internships at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Arizona’s Medicaid agency, AHCCCS. At AHPI, she contributes to course design and development, research, publications, and outreach.
In her free time, Asha enjoys exploring Arizona, cooking, and reading.
Genesis is a first-year MPH student in Health Behavior Health Promotion at the UA College of Public Health. As she begins her graduate studies, she is interested in sexual health with a focus in policy and harm reduction. At AHPI, she primarily works on course design, assistance with teaching, and fundraising.