Kathleen Thiede Call PhD » Faculty

Research Interests:Access to care and health insurance among vulnerable populations, including poor, young, elderly, uninsured, rural and chronically ill populations; sociology of health and illness; survey research methods

Professor, Health Policy & Management

Address Division of Health Policy & Management 15-223 PWB, SHADAC Minneapolis MN 55455 Work Phone: 612-624-3922
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Kathleen Thiede Call created a survey of health insurance coverage for use by states, the Coordinated State Coverage Survey (CSCS), and has developed a stream of research concerning the complexities of measuring and estimating rates of insurance coverage, including the discrepancy between survey and administrative data counts of insurance coverage, commonly referred to as the “Medicaid undercount.”  Dr. Call had conducted several studies exploring barrier to preventive care among Medicaid enrollees.  Dr. Call’s research interests include disparities in access to health care and health insurance as well as developing community-based participatory research projects focusing on barriers to health care

  • PhD, Sociology, University of Minnesota, 1994


  • Community-Based Research, Disparities, Health Care Reform, Health Insurance, Medicaid, Survey Research, Sociology

Professional Experience:

  • Faculty Liaison, Populations and Community Engagement, Clinical and Translational Science Institute,  University of Minnesota, 2013-present
  • Co-Director, Community Engagement Core, Center for Health Equity, University of Minnesota, 2009 – present
  • Co-Chair, Health Disparities Work Group, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, 2005-present
  • Investigator, State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, 2001 – present
  • Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, 1995 – present
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 1997 – present
  • Post-doctoral Fellow (NIA Postdoctoral Training Grant) and Research Associate, Institute for Health Services Research, University of Minnesota, 1994 – 1995


  • Recipient of University of Minnesota Outstanding Advisor Award, Graduate & Professional Student Association (GAPSA), in partnership with the Student Conflict Resolution Center, the Provost’s Office, and the Graduate School, 2013
  • SHADAC receives the Policy Impact Award from the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers, 2012
  • Recipient of the University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award Faculty, 2009
  • Recipient of the School of Public Health Community Service Award, 2003
  • Elected to the Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society, 2000
  • NIA Postdoctoral Training Grant, 1994
  • Don Martindale Scholarship Award, Department of Sociology, 1994
  • Graduate Student Service Award, Department of Sociology, 1993
  • Graduate Student Research Award, Department of Sociology, 1992

Selected Publications:

  • Call KT, McAlpine DD, Garcia CM, Shippee N, Beebe T, Adeniyi TC, Shippee T. 2014. Barriers to care in an ethnically diverse publicly insured population: Is health care reform enough? Medical Care 52(8):720-727
  • Flynn P, Call KT, Pintor JK, Elmi N. 2014.The projected impact of the Affordable Care Act on dental care for Medicaid enrollees.Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 25(1): 79-94. DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2014.0059.
  • Call KT, Blewett LA, Boudreaux M, Turner J. 2013. Monitoring health reform efforts: Which state level data to use? Inquiry,50(2):93-105.
  • Blewett LA, Lukanen E, Call KT, Dahlen H. 2013. Survey of High-Risk Pool Enrollees Suggests that Targeted Transition Education and Outreach Should Begin Soon. Health Affairs, 32 (9):1568-1575. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2013.0370
  • Shippee TP, Henning-Smith C, Shippee ND, Kemmick Pintor J, Call KT, McAlpine DD, Johnson PJ. 2013. Discrimination in Medical Settings and Attitudes toward Complementary and Alternative Medicine: The Role of Distrust in Conventional Providers.Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 6(1):30-45.
  • Call KT, Davern ME, Klerman JA, Lynch V. 2012. Comparing errors in Medicaid reporting across surveys: Evidence to date. Health Services Research, Apr;48(2 Pt 1):652-6 4. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2012.01446.x
  • Call KT, Davern M, Boudreaux M, Johnson PJ, Nelson J. 2011. Bias in telephone surveys that do not sample cell phones: Uses and limits of post-stratification methods. Medical Care, 49(4):355-364.
  • Allen ML, Call KT, Pergament S, Culhane-Pera K. 2010. A capacity building program to promote CBPR partnerships between academic researchers and community members. Clinical and Translational Science. 4(6):428-33.
  • Davern ME, McAlpine D, Beebe TJ, Ziegenfuss J, Rockwood T, Call KT. 2010.  Are lower response rates hazardous to your health survey? An analysis of three state telephone health surveys. Health Services Research, 45(5):1324–1344.
  • Johnson PJ, Blewett LA, Call KT, Davern ME. 2010. American Indian uninsurance disparities: A comparison of 3 surveys.American Journal of Public Health, 100(10):1972-79. PMCID: PMC2936999.
  • Klerman JA, Davern ME, Baugh D, Call KT, Greenberg G, Lynch V, Ringel J.  2009. Understanding the current population survey’s insurance estimates and the Medicaid ‘undercount.’ Health Affairs, 28(6):w991-w1001.
  • Call KT, Davidson G, Davern ME, Brown ER, Kincheloe J, Nelson JG. Winter 2008/2009.Accuracy of self-reported health insurance coverage among Medicaid enrollees. Inquiry, 45(4):438-456.
  • Davern ME, Call KT, Ziegenfuss J, Davidson G, Beebe TJ, Blewett LA. 2008. Validating health insurance coverage survey estimates: A comparison between self-reported coverage and administrative data records.  Public Opinion Quarterly, 72(2):241-259.
  • Call KT, Davidson G, Davern ME, Nyman R. 2008. Medicaid undercount and bias to estimates of uninsurance: New estimates and existing evidence. Health Services Research, 43(3): 901-901.