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. Currently she serves as project lead on a study supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) to identify opportunities for coordination between the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid. Additionally, Ms. Zylla has led work examining state’s experiences serving justice-involved populations through Section 1115 Medicaid waivers, and she provides technical assistance to states on how to improve the collection of race, ethnicity, language, disability, and sexual orientation and gender identity data.
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.