Josh Rising directs Pew’s health care programs, overseeing the health information technology project, the substance use prevention and treatment initiative, and the dental campaign. As part of the health information technology project, Rising and his team conduct research and advocacy on problems such as the inability of electronic health care record systems to easily share information. The substance use prevention and treatment initiative primarily works with states to advance the use of medications to treat opioid use disorder. And the dental campaign seeks to close gaps in accessing care by increasing the number of midlevel providers known as dental therapists.
Before joining Pew, Rising helped establish the Office of Policy in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products. He also served as health policy analyst for the Connecticut Legislature, focusing on health care access and quality, Medicaid policy, and health information technology.
Rising earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College and a master’s in public health and medical degree, both from Boston University. He completed his pediatric residency at the University of California, San Francisco.