Dr. Bruce Siegel, AEH's president and CEO, served as chairman of the dissertation committee when Feldpush was a doctoral candidate at George Washington University, where she earned a doctorate of public health in health policy four years ago. Siegel says Feldpush impressed him then for being poised and assertive in a positive way. “She is a triple threat,” says Siegel, who nominated Feldpush to become a 2013 Modern Healthcare Up & Comer. “She knows healthcare finance. She knows healthcare quality. And she is a crack communicator. It's a very potent combination.”
Feldpush, an only child and a native of the southeastern Pennsylvania town of Thornton, went to high school in nearby Wilmington, Del., where her interest in healthcare began. Her school required students to shadow a local professional, and Feldpush chose to spend time with her friend's mother, who worked in the policy department at Planned Parenthood in Delaware. Later, she had aspirations to attend medical school, but soon realized she had a greater interest in public health.
After earning a bachelor's degree summa cum laude in women's health from the University of Richmond in 1998, Feldpush spent two years in government affairs and public relations at the American Medical Women's Association in Reston, Va. She says she was drawn by the association's purpose. “The advocacy mission was very much public health-focused,” Feldpush says. “Once I was there, that was it. I was hooked on the policy work.”
She soon developed her skills and interests into what has become an extensive public policy career in a relatively short amount of time. After the AMWA, Feldpush worked for six years at the Government Accountability Office, first as a healthcare analyst and later as a senior healthcare analyst.