Professor Blewett is Principal Investigator and Director of SHADAC, and Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She also directs the State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE) an RWJF National Program Office to fund and synthesize rigorous evaluation of state health reform initiatives.
Dr. Blewett conducts research on the factors affecting health insurance coverage, access and utilization of care from a state policy perspective and has been successful at translating research results to policy action. Her current area of research is defining and measuring underinsurance and documenting the development of Local Access to Care Programs, community-based initiatives to meet the primary health care needs of the growing number of uninsured adults. Dr. Blewett has published over 50 articles related to health and healthcare and teaches graduate courses in "The U.S. Health Care System and Public Health" and "International Comparative Health Systems." She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, was appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Statistics, and serves on the boards of AcademyHealth and the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC). Her prior health policy experience also includes legislative work for the U.S. Senate and state policy work as Director of the Health Economics Program for the Minnesota Department of Health.
Dr. Blewett holds a Ph.D. in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in Public Affairs from the Hubert. H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.