Janet Coffman, PhD, MPP
Janet Coffman is the co-principal investigator on a SHARE-funded project to investigate the trends in California physician participation in Medicaid using surveys from 2011, 2013, and 2015. The goal of this project is to inform state and federal policy-makers as they evaluate the impact of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and consider strategies aimed at increasing physician participation in Medicaid.
Janet is an Associate Professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine in Health Policy She is also a principal analyst for the California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP), where she has authored the medical effectiveness sections of 44 CHBRP reports on a wide variety of topics, including asthma education, gynecological cancer screening, HIV testing, mental health parity, tobacco cessation., She also leads CHBRP’s ongoing efforts to strengthen methods for identifying and analyzing pertinent medical literature.
Dr. Coffman’s other research interests include innovations in management of asthma and other chronic illnesses, access to care for vulnerable populations, development of evidence-based health policies, and health care workforce issues. She has published in a wide range of journals, including Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Pediatrics, and Psychiatric Services. She is also currently leading a survey on California physicians’ use of health information technology for the California Department of Health Services and the California HealthCare Foundation.
Other Professional Roles
She previously worked for the United States Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and the UCSF Center for the Health Professions. While working at the Center for the Health Professions, she co-authored articles and reports on options for addressing health workforce shortages, geographic misdistribution, and a lack of racial/ethnic diversity among health professionals. She also served on a subcommittee that advised the Health Sciences Committee regarding public health education. In 2010, she wrote an analysis of the impact of national health care reform on California’s health workforce needs for the California Program on Access to Care. Dr. Coffman received a Ph.D. in health services and policy analysis and a master's degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.