Colin Planalp, MPA
Senior Research Fellow
Colin Planalp has more than a decade of experience in health policy research and communications. Since joining SHADAC as a researcher in 2014, he has conducted research and provided technical assistance to states and federal agencies on a variety of topics, including innovative solutions to filling gaps in data on social determinants of health, measuring health disparities and efforts to enhance health equity, and furthering health care payment reform through multi-payer quality measure alignment.
Mr. Planalp led SHADAC’s project providing technical assistance to states that received State Innovation Model (SIM) awards from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to transform their health care payment and delivery systems. He also managed a project to evaluate the impacts of Kentucky’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Currently, he leads SHADAC’s work to monitor and analyze the rapidly evolving national opioid crisis and other “deaths of despair,” such as increased suicide and alcohol-related deaths—tracking the issues across the states and different demographic groups.
Before joining SHADAC, he served in communications for the University of Missouri’s academic medical center in Columbia, MO. He holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Missouri’s Truman School of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism.