Adam Searing, JD

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management


Adam Searing is an Associate Professor of the Practice at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Center for Children and Families where he focuses on Medicaid and other health coverage programs.

Before joining CCF, Mr. Searing served seventeen years as Director of the Health Access Coalition for the North Carolina Justice Center. The Health Access Coalition is North Carolina’s leading voice for health reforms that address the needs of the uninsured and underinsured. During his tenure, Searing fought to keep health plans and hospitals nonprofit and community-focused, won and helped implement expansions of the state Medicaid program, helped pass a model state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program and worked on passage and implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act.

In addition, Mr. Searing taught public policy courses as adjunct faculty at both the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy.

In 2012 he was named a Health Advocate of the Year by the national consumer group Families USA. Also in 2012 he was recognized as a “Champion of Change” in health care by the White House. He is a recipient of both the NC Pediatric Society’s Tom Vitaglione Child Health Advocacy Award and the NC Primary Health Care Association’s Evelyn D. Schmidt Award for Outstanding Service. Searing is a licensed attorney with degrees in both law and public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


  • BA, Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1989
  • MPH, Health Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994
  • JD, Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994