Erica Solway, PhD, MSW, MPH

Erica Solway, PhD, MSW, MPH is a policy advisor with the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. In this role she advises Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on a range of policy issues including services and supports for seniors, primary care access and the health care workforce, and oral and mental health. Dr. Solway started working for the Subcommittee during her time as a 2011- 2012 Health and Aging Policy Fellow. Before moving to Washington, she directed a geriatric mental health program and led advocacy efforts around economic security among older adults at Family Service Agency of San Francisco. Dr. Solway was previously an instructor at San Jose State University, a mental health fellow with the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, and a researcher at the Institute for Health and Aging at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Solway is the recipient of several awards including a CDC Public Health Dissertation Award, Anselm L. Strauss Dissertation Award, and Hartford Foundation Pre-Dissertation Award. She has presented her research at several national conferences, published in peer reviewed publications, and co-edited the book Social Insurance and Social Justice: Social Security, Medicare, and the Campaign Against Entitlements. Dr. Solway holds a Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in sociology from UCSF.