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Who We Are

Affiliated with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, SHADAC is a multidisciplinary health policy research center with a focus on state policy. Our staff members represent a broad range of expertise, ranging from economics, statistics and evaluation to sociology and journalism. We are passionate about the importance of using sound data to inform policy decisions, and work collaboratively with our clients to achieve results. SHADAC strives to produce rigorous, policy-driven analyses. We translate complex findings into actionable information that is accessible to a broad audience. Thanks to our long history of working with state agencies and foundations, we’ve developed a deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities states face.

We specialize in:

  • State and federal health policy and health reform
  • Health insurance exchanges
  • Payment and delivery system reform
  • Medicaid
  • Health systems
  • Barriers to coverage and access
  • Population health

What We Do

Our faculty and staff are nationally recognized experts on collecting and applying health policy data and have extensive knowledge of state government operations. We conduct health policy research that's translated into issue briefs, reports and peer-reviewed journal articles.

We offer a variety of services, including:

  • Statistical analysis
  • Evaluation design
  • Quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis (surveys, case studies, focus groups, interviews)
  • Survey design and analysis
  • Expertise in national and state survey data sources
  • Guidance on data use for monitoring and evaluation
  • Policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation
  • Financial analysis

Who We Work With

Our clients and partners include:

  • Federal and state agencies
  • Foundations
  • Research organizations and think tanks
  • Private sector businesses
  • Recent SHADAC Projects

SHADAC Faculty

Lynn A. Blewett, PhD, MPA
Principal Investigator
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Lynn A. Blewett, PhD, MPA
Principal Investigator
Kathleen T. Call, PhD
Investigator
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Kathleen T. Call, PhD
Investigator

SHADAC Staff

Caroline Au-Yeung, MPH
Research Fellow
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Caroline Au-Yeung, MPH
Research Fellow
Sara Bonneville, MPP
Senior Research Fellow
Sara Bonneville, MPP
Senior Research Fellow
Ann DePriest, MPH
Research Fellow
Ann DePriest, MPH
Research Fellow
Kristin Dybdal, MPA
Senior Research Fellow
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Kristin Dybdal, MPA
Senior Research Fellow
Brett Fried, MS
Senior Research Fellow
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Brett Fried, MS
Senior Research Fellow
Lacey Hartman, MPP
Senior Research Fellow
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Lacey Hartman, MPP
Senior Research Fellow
Kelli Johnson, MBA
Center Director
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Kelli Johnson, MBA
Center Director
Elizabeth Lukanen, MPH
Deputy Director
Elizabeth Lukanen, MPH
Deputy Director
Chad Parslow, MPP
Research Fellow
Chad Parslow, MPP
Research Fellow
Sam Patnoe
MPH, Research Fellow
Sam Patnoe
MPH, Research Fellow
Colin Planalp, MPA
Research Fellow
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Colin Planalp, MPA
Research Fellow
Donna Spencer, PhD, MA
Senior Research Associate
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Donna Spencer, PhD, MA
Senior Research Associate
Pam Suneson, BA
Coordinator
Pam Suneson, BA
Coordinator
Karen Turner, BA
Senior Programmer Analyst
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Karen Turner, BA
Senior Programmer Analyst
Joanna Turner, MS
Senior Research Fellow
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Joanna Turner, MS
Senior Research Fellow
Christina Worrall, MPP
Senior Research Fellow
Christina Worrall, MPP
Senior Research Fellow
Ling Zhong, MA
Accountant
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Ling Zhong, MA
Accountant
Emily Zylla, MPH
Senior Research Fellow
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Emily Zylla, MPH
Senior Research Fellow

SHADAC Research Assistants

Giovann Alarcón, BA
Research Assistant
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Giovann Alarcón, BA
Research Assistant
Erica Beebe
Student Worker
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Erica Beebe
Student Worker
Oliver-John (OJ) Bright, BA
Research Assistant
Oliver-John (OJ) Bright, BA
Research Assistant
Rebecca Horton, BS
Research Assistant
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Rebecca Horton, BS
Research Assistant
Alex Johnson, BA
Research Assistant
Alex Johnson, BA
Research Assistant
Meghan Lahr, BA
Research Assistant
Meghan Lahr, BA
Research Assistant
Nora Marino, BA
Research Assistant
Nora Marino, BA
Research Assistant
Carrie Suplick Benton, BA
Research Assistant
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Carrie Suplick Benton, BA
Research Assistant
Xuyang Tang, MS
Research Assistant
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Xuyang Tang, MS
Research Assistant

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