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Who We Are

Affiliated with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, SHADAC is a multidisciplinary health policy research center with a focus on state policy. Our staff members represent a broad range of expertise, ranging from economics, statistics and evaluation to sociology and journalism. We are passionate about the importance of using sound data to inform policy decisions, and work collaboratively with our clients to achieve results. SHADAC strives to produce rigorous, policy-driven analyses. We translate complex findings into actionable information that is accessible to a broad audience. Thanks to our long history of working with state agencies and foundations, we’ve developed a deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities states face.

We specialize in:

  • State and federal health policy and health reform
  • Health insurance exchanges
  • Payment and delivery system reform
  • Medicaid
  • Health systems
  • Barriers to coverage and access
  • Population health

What We Do

Our faculty and staff are nationally recognized experts on collecting and applying health policy data and have extensive knowledge of state government operations. We conduct health policy research that's translated into issue briefs, reports and peer-reviewed journal articles.

We offer a variety of services, including:

  • Statistical analysis
  • Evaluation design
  • Quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis (surveys, case studies, focus groups, interviews)
  • Survey design and analysis
  • Expertise in national and state survey data sources
  • Guidance on data use for monitoring and evaluation
  • Policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation
  • Financial analysis

Who We Work With

Our clients and partners include:

  • Federal and state agencies
  • Foundations
  • Research organizations and think tanks
  • Private sector businesses
  • Recent SHADAC Projects

SHADAC Faculty

Lynn A. Blewett, PhD, MPA
Principal Investigator
Lynn A. Blewett, PhD, MPA
Principal Investigator
Kathleen T. Call
Ph.D., Investigator
Kathleen T. Call
Ph.D., Investigator

SHADAC Staff

Caroline Au-Yeung
M.P.H., Research Fellow
Caroline Au-Yeung
M.P.H., Research Fellow
Sara Bonneville
MPP, Senior Research Fellow
Sara Bonneville
MPP, Senior Research Fellow
Ann DePriest
M.P.H., Coordinator
Ann DePriest
M.P.H., Coordinator
Kristin Dybdal
M.P.A., Senior Research Fellow
Kristin Dybdal
M.P.A., Senior Research Fellow
Brett Fried
M.S., Senior Research Fellow
Brett Fried
M.S., Senior Research Fellow
Lacey Hartman
MPP, Senior Research Fellow
Lacey Hartman
MPP, Senior Research Fellow
Kelli Johnson
MBA, Senior Research Fellow
Kelli Johnson
MBA, Senior Research Fellow
Lindsey Lanigan
B.AS, Coordinator
Lindsey Lanigan
B.AS, Coordinator
Elizabeth Lukanen
MPH, Deputy Director
Elizabeth Lukanen
MPH, Deputy Director
Sam Patnoe
MPH, Research Fellow
Sam Patnoe
MPH, Research Fellow
Colin Planalp
MPA, Research Fellow
Colin Planalp
MPA, Research Fellow
Jennifer Ricards
MS, Senior Research Fellow
Jennifer Ricards
MS, Senior Research Fellow
Donna Spencer
PhD, Senior Research Associate
Donna Spencer
PhD, Senior Research Associate
Jordan Stuppnig
Student Worker
Jordan Stuppnig
Student Worker
Xuyang Tang
M.S., Research Assistant
Xuyang Tang
M.S., Research Assistant
Joanna Turner
MS, Senior Research Fellow
Joanna Turner
MS, Senior Research Fellow
Karen Turner
B.A., Senior Programmer Analyst
Karen Turner
B.A., Senior Programmer Analyst
Christina Worrall
MPP, Senior Research Fellow
Christina Worrall
MPP, Senior Research Fellow
Ling Zhong
MA, Accountant
Ling Zhong
MA, Accountant
Emily Zylla
MPH, Senior Research Fellow
Emily Zylla
MPH, Senior Research Fellow

SHADAC Research Assistants

Giovann Alarcón
B.A., Research Assistant
Giovann Alarcón
B.A., Research Assistant
Erica Beebe
B.A., Student Worker
Erica Beebe
B.A., Student Worker
Mary Cobb
M.P.H., Research Assistant
Mary Cobb
M.P.H., Research Assistant
Rebecca Horton
B.S., Research Assistant
Rebecca Horton
B.S., Research Assistant
Carrie Suplick Benton
B.A. , Research Assistant
Carrie Suplick Benton
B.A. , Research Assistant

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