About Us

Who We Are

SHADAC is a multidisciplinary health policy research center with a focus on state policy. For over 15 years, SHADAC has produced rigorous, policy-driven analyses, translating complex research findings into actionable information that is accessible to a broad audience. SHADAC faculty and staff are nationally recognized experts on collecting and applying health policy data to inform or evaluate policy decisions, with expertise in both federal and state survey data sources. We provide unbiased technical assistance and in-depth analysis to states and other organizations and collaborate with a wide range of partners including foundations, state and federal agencies, academic institutions, other research organizations, and nonprofits. 

We specialize in:
       • State and Federal Health Policy
       • Medicaid and CHIP Policy
       • Delivery and Payment System Reform
       • Health Coverage and Access to Care
       • Health Care Cost and Affordability
       • Health Equity and Social Determinants
       • Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation
       • Data Analytics and Visualization
       • State and Federal Surveys

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:
       • Foundations
       • Federal Agencies
       • State Agencies
       • Associations
       • Research Organizations
       • Private Sector Businesses

Our Featured Work

SHADAC Faculty

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

SHADAC Staff

Lacey Hartman, MPP
Senior Research Fellow
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Lacey Hartman, MPP
Senior Research Fellow
Robert Hest, MPP
Research Fellow
Robert Hest, MPP
Research Fellow
Kelli Johnson, PhD
Center Director
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Kelli Johnson, PhD
Center Director
Elizabeth Lukanen, MPH
Deputy Director
Elizabeth Lukanen
Elizabeth Lukanen, MPH
Deputy Director
Colin Planalp, MPA
Senior Research Fellow
Colin Planalp, MPA
Senior Research Fellow
Natalie Schwehr, PhD, MAc
Senior Research Associate
Natalie Schwehr, PhD, MAc
Senior Research Associate
Andrea Stewart, MA
Communications Associate
Andrea Stewart, MA
Communications Associate
Pam Suneson, BA
Coordinator
Pam Suneson, BA
Coordinator
Lindsey Theis, BAS
Senior Communications Specialist
Lindsey Theis, BAS
Senior Communications Specialist
Karen Turner, BA
Senior Programmer Analyst
Karen Turner
Karen Turner, BA
Senior Programmer Analyst
Christina Worrall, MPP
Senior Research Fellow
Christina Worrall, MPP
Senior Research Fellow
Emily Zylla, MPH
Senior Research Fellow
Emily Zylla, MPH
Senior Research Fellow

SHADAC Research Assistants

Giovann Alarcón, MPP
Research Assistant
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Giovann Alarcón, MPP
Research Assistant
James Campbell
Research Assistant
James Campbell
Research Assistant
Jhih-Yun Liu,
Research Assistant
Jhih-Yun Liu,
Research Assistant
Julia Ngep
B.A.Sc., Research Assistant
Julia Ngep
Julia Ngep
B.A.Sc., Research Assistant
Yun Taek
Research Assistant
Yun Taek
Research Assistant
Maddie Turbes, BA
Research Assistant
Maddie Turbes
Maddie Turbes, BA
Research Assistant

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