Brad Wright is an Assistant Professor in both the Department of Health Management and Policy and the Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa. He studies health and health care disparities, with an emphasis on publicly insured populations, health care safety net providers, and health politics and policy. Dr. Wright’s ultimate goal is to inform policy and practice in ways that improve the delivery of health care to vulnerable populations, and reduce—if not eliminate—health disparities. He was a participant in the NIH extramural loan repayment program in health disparities, and is currently funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). His research has been published in Health Affairs, Medical Care, Health Services Research, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and the American Journal of Public Health. In addition to his role as a researcher, Dr. Wright also teaches graduate courses on the U.S. health care system, health policy, and health policy analysis.


Dr. Wright holds a PhD in health policy and management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MS in health policy from George Washington University, and a BS in biology from the University of Georgia. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health services research at Brown University.

Below, Dr. Wright shares his experience as an AcademyHealth member...

Having attended multiple other health research conferences where I felt overwhelmed and a little out of place, I found the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM) easy to navigate, welcoming, and full of the exact type of people I wanted to meet. I was given the opportunity to present my research, both podium and poster presentations, and immediately recognized that my work was being put in front of the right people – a unique combination of peers and those from other sectors and interest areas. At each meeting, I establish new face-to-face connections that enhance by ability to stand out in the field. I cannot emphasize enough how much I appreciate the professionalism and warmth of the AcademyHealth membership community. There’s something to be said for a comfortable environment in which you can openly share your thoughts and ideas with a group of diverse colleagues.

I have been a member of AcademyHealth since 2009, now as Vice Chair of the Disparities Interest Group, I support the Chair, Dr. Rachel Hardeman, in her efforts to help the group carry out its mission to improve the health, health care, and well-being of diverse communities and achieve health equity through efforts supporting research, policy, and practice.

I cannot emphasize enough how much I appreciate the professionalism and warmth of the AcademyHealth membership community. There’s something to be said for a comfortable environment in which you can openly share your thoughts and ideas with a group of diverse colleagues. I look forward to my network expanding over the course of my career thanks to my connection to the AcademyHealth family.

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