Brutrinia Cain, J.D., B.S.N., R.N.

Senior Legislative Analyst
Health Resources and Services Administration

Fellowship Profile

Fellowship Year: 2018-2019
Fellowship Placement: House Committee on Education and Labor (Majority)
Sponsoring Institution: Health Resources and Services Administration
Disciplines / Professions: Law, Nursing


Brutrinia Cain is a senior legislative analyst at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). She is responsible for overseeing, managing, and coordinating congressional inquiries, requests for briefings, meetings and technical assistance on draft legislation for HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Office of Women’s Health. Before she assumed this role, she was a senior policy advisor at the Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness in the Office of the Surgeon General, where she advised senior leadership on policy matters related to Commissioned Corps force management. She has also served as regulatory counsel at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where her portfolio of projects included expedited drug approval programs for patients with serious conditions, interchangeable and biosimilar biological products, and abuse-deterrent formulations for opioid medications.

Cain began her career as a critical care nurse and officer in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. During law school, Cain developed an interest in health inequities and how the law can mitigate social determinants that negatively affect the health of vulnerable populations. As a University of Kansas School of Law medical-legal postgraduate fellow, she educated law and medical students, faculty, and public health stakeholders on the intersections of law and public health, and on the medical-legal partnership model. As a member of the transitional board at the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, Cain helped change the regulations that govern Federally Qualified Health Centers, which allowed them to offer legal services to the patients they serve.

Cain earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Texas Christian University and her JD from the University of Kansas School of Law.