Diana Forester

Director of Health Policy

Diana Forester joined Texans Care for Children as the Director of Health Policy in 2022. In that role, she spearheads our work with the Texas Legislature, state agencies, and stakeholders to support health equity, improve access to health care for moms and kids, and more. Diana is frequently quoted in the media on maternal health care policy, the health insurance implications of the Public Health Emergency, children’s health coverage, and more. You can read more about Diana’s recent work at Texans Care for Children on our maternal and child health policy page.

Before joining Texans Care for Children, Diana spent over a decade with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), worked for Chair Lois Kolkhorst on the Texas House Public Health Committee in 2013, served as a case manager at Foundation Communities, and worked in the legislative war room at AT&T headquarters.

During her time as HHSC, Diana served in a number of senior roles. Most recently, as a Maternal Health Research Analyst, she was the maternal health lead for Medicaid quality initiatives. In previous positions at HHSC, Diana worked on ACA implementation projects,  monitored the Medicaid and CHIP state plan amendments that deal with eligibility, and oversaw the Forms process for all of Access & Eligibility Services, among other responsibilities.

Diana has a Masters of Public Health from the Texas A&M University School of Rural Public Health and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Diana loves registering people to vote, paddle boarding, and taking her pop-up trailer to state and national parks with her husband and two young kids.