Kathleen T. Call, PhD
Dr. Call has been an Investigator with SHADAC since its launch in 2001. She is also a Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota (UMN), School of Public Health. She demonstrates her commitment to community-engaged scholarship through her leadership in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) program, and by co-chairing the UMN, School of Public Health's Health Equity Work Group.
Dr. Call leads the long-standing partnership between SHADAC and the Minnesota Department of Health’s Health Economics Program to field the Minnesota Health Access Survey (MNHA). The MNHA served as the model for the Coordinated State Coverage Survey (CSCS) which was tailored for measuring health insurance coverage and access by other states. She has developed a body of research on the complexities of measuring health insurance coverage. This research includes understanding variation in estimates of coverage between the different national surveys, as well as reasons why state-specific surveys produce different estimates of coverage than the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) and American Community Survey (ACS). Her research also explores discrepancies between survey and administrative data counts of insurance coverage—an issue commonly referred to as the “Medicaid undercount.” Dr. Call has also led primary data collection projects with public program enrollees (focus groups, community forums, and surveys) that assess barriers to services and experiences with health care, using a community-based participatory research process.
Dr. Call holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota.