Health insurance and health policy

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  • Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health
  • Director, Master of Healthcare Administration Program

Jean Abraham, PhD, is a professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management and is the director of the Master of Healthcare Administration Program in the School of Public Health. Dr. Abraham's interest in health care began as a young adult while helping her mother care for elderly parents whose health care needs required treatment from multiple physicians, hospitals, and long-term care providers. Abraham received her Ph.D. in public policy analysis and management from Carnegie Mellon University with specialization in the areas of health economics and policy. She is particularly interested in employer and employee decision-making with respect to health insurance, employer wellness program evaluation, and competition in provider and insurance markets. Abraham has a strong passion for teaching. She won the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program’s teaching award three times and the Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Public Health in 2011. Dr. Abraham can discuss employer wellness programs and their effectiveness, MNsure, health reform and insurance issues, Medicare issues.   

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  • Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health
  • Director, State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC)

Lynn Blewett, PhD, directs the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), a research and policy center funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support state efforts to monitor and evaluate programs to increase access and coverage. The Center provides high level access to federal surveys such as the Current Population Survey (CPS) and the American Community Survey (ACS) which are accessible through an online Data Center. She also heads up a new project to provide technical assistance to 10 states committed to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act as part of the State Health Reform Assistance Network. She helped to bring a Census Research Data Center (RDC) to the University of Minnesota and is the only RDC with a health services and policy focus. She has collaborated with the Minnesota Population Center which houses one of Blewett’s NIHCD projects to harmonize and integrate over 50 years of the U.S. National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to make it access for academic and policy research. Blewett teaches U.S. Health Care Systems and Public Health and International Health Systems and works with both Masters and Doctoral-level students. Graduates who have worked with Blewett have had positions with the Census Bureau, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Congressional Research Service, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease and Prevention. 

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  • Clinical Professor, School of Nursing
  • Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Mary Chesney, PhD, APRN, has current scholarship interest in areas including; health care delivery/reform models for children with special health care needs, utilization of advance practice registered nurses in new models of care, and family adjustment following international adoption and special needs adoption. Currently, she is a member of the Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research and Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Chesney is actively engaged in state and federal health policy issues. She has served appointments as an advanced practice nursing expert on numerous MN legislative health care reform and health care workforce workgroups from 2007 to present. Dr. Chesney currently serves as the President of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She is nationally recognized as an expert in advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) practice and reimbursement issues. She co-founded and chaired the MN APRN Coalition and led the organization as Chair/President from 2009 to July 2014. Recently, she led the organization’s successful 2013-2014 legislative campaign to bring full practice authority to Minnesota’s APRNs.

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  • Assistant Professor, School of Public Health

Sarah Gollust, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Public Health. Dr. Gollust conducts research on the influence of communication in health policy and the factors that shape public opinion and the policymaking process. Areas of research and teaching interest include health disparities, policies to prevent childhood obesity, cancer screening, and ethical issues in public health practice and policy. Her current major research projects include media coverage of the Affordable Care Act and mass media messages about mammography and the HPV vaccine. Dr. Gollust is available to discuss topics including, but not limited to, public attitudes about policies to reduce obesity and media coverage and public opinion about the Affordable Care Act. 

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  • Professor, Department of Medicine, Medical School
  • McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy
  • Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law
  • Founding Chair of the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences

Susan Wolf, JD, is a professor of law, and medicine & public policy. Wolf is also the Founding Chair of the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences and the Founding Director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology.  Professor Wolf is available to discuss topics in health law, law and science, and bioethics, including genetics and genomics; death and dying; assisted suicide and euthanasia; assisted reproduction and women's health care; and managed care.