SHADAC Staff

Lukanen, MPH

Elizabeth Lukanen, MPH
Deputy Director

Ms. Lukanen joined SHADAC in 2007 and currently serves as Deputy Director for the center. With 20 years of experience in the health policy arena, Ms. Lukanen specializes in translating complex research findings into actionable, policy-relevant information. She frequently leads or serves as senior staff on quantitative and qualitative projects aimed at informing Medicaid policy such as the systematic review of existing data sources to support research on integrated care for the dual eligible, exploring policies to support justice-involved populations through 1115 Medicaid waivers, assessing Medicaid eligibility and enrollment processes and systems, and evaluating best practices for Medicaid enrollment outreach and churn reduction. 

Ms. Lukanen currently oversees SHADAC’s technical assistance to states in the areas of data use, analysis, and evaluation. In this capacity, she manages SHADAC’s work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) State Health & Value Strategies (SHVS) project, providing technical assistance to state policy makers and Medicaid agencies on topics such as Medicaid policy, health equity, multi-payer delivery system and payment reform, quality measurement, coverage and access expansions, health insurance exchanges, and population health. She also serves as the Principal investigator on a project that provides on-demand data analysis and statistical modeling to inform Medicaid policy for the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) using a wide variety of federal surveys, and a separate project supported by the National Governor’s Association (NGA) supporting states with 1115 Medicaid waiver evaluations.

Before joining SHADAC, Ms. Lukanen worked as a Senior Research Economist in the Health Economics Program (HEP) at the Minnesota Department of Health. While there, she performed extensive analysis using primary and secondary data, conducted economic analyses, wrote and presented technical reports to a variety of audiences, and managed stakeholder interactions for the Governor’s statewide Blue Ribbon Panel on health care reform.

Ms. Lukanen holds a master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from McGill University.

Elizabeth Lukanen, MPH
Deputy Director