Health Policy & Management Research

Health Policy & Management research influences policy and improves health outcomes across the globe.

The Impact of Health Policy & Management Research

Analyzing Media about the ACA

Associate professor Sarah Gollust is analyzing geographic variations in media messaging about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) including news coverage and advertising. Her research assessing public response to media contributes to social science theory on the psychology of media effects. It also contributes important information for policymakers and enrollment advocates about what types of messages shaped public opinion and insurance enrollment during the first open enrollment period during 2013-2014. Preliminary information for this study is in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

Improving Maternal and Child Health

Associate Professor Katy Kozhimannil is dedicated to improving the lives of reproductive age women and their children, a group that has been largely underserved in health policy and health services research. By focusing on the time before, during, and after childbirth, her research helps guide policymakers on the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies that enhance outcomes. Legislation, based on Kozhimannil’s research, prompted Minnesota’s Medicaid program to cover services by a birth doula, a professional trained to support mothers during pregnancy and childbirth.

Improving Outcomes by Managing Complexity

Patient complexity and complexity in health care is relatively emergent and people work on it in different ways. Assistant Professor Nathan Shippee researches complex care for the chronically ill through a patient-centered model called the cumulative complexity (CC) model. Using the CC model, Shippee researches how multiple social and clinical factors create an imbalance between the demands on patients and their capacity to meet them. His work seeks to improve it by reducing demands or increasing capacity. One recent study revealed that interactions that build patient capacity help reduce hospital readmissions.

Research Collaborations and Partnerships

  • Program in Health Disparities Research: Child Obesity Prevention

About Health Services Research

Health services research is a multidisciplinary field that looks at how social, financial, and organizational entities affect access to and quality of health care.