SHADAC Staff

Zylla, MPH

Emily Zylla, MPH
Senior Research Fellow

Emily B. Zylla joined SHADAC in 2015 as a Senior Research Fellow.  Ms. Zylla’s work has focused on conducting qualitative health policy research and evaluation, and providing technical assistance to states. Her recent work includes serving as Principal Investigator on a study supported by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) to identify remaining risk points and examples of mitigation strategies to overcome risks to Medicaid enrollment and renewal for eligible individuals. Additionally, Ms. Zylla participated in assessments of health information exchange (HIE) policies in two states, and is currently leading SHADAC’s work examining how states are using data to track impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on issues of health equity.

Prior to joining SHADAC, Ms. Zylla worked for nine years as a consultant specializing in state health policy analysis, legislative relations, and developing health reform strategies to increase access to health care for underserved populations. During her time as a consultant, she also served as Staff Director for the Minnesota Health Care Safety Net Coalition. 

Ms. Zylla holds a master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Public Health Administration and Policy from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania.  

Emily Zylla, MPH
Senior Research Fellow