In November 2022, Neelam Dhadankar joined Access Living’s policy team as the new Healthcare Policy Analyst. Neelam earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Next, she earned two master’s degrees: a Master of Social Work (MSW) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining Access Living, Neelam worked in Madison, WI in various policy areas related to disability issues and as a researcher for many policy and advocacy projects.
In her current role, Neelam works to advance access to healthcare and home and community-based services (HCBS) for people with disabilities. She is responsible for assessing, developing, and advocating for legislation and rules that shift healthcare systems to greater accessibility, affordability, and effective supports for all kinds of persons with disabilities, including those who are immigrants and those who are impacted by the criminal justice system.