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Megan Collado, M.P.H.

Senior Manager - AcademyHealth

Megan Collado is a senior manager at AcademyHealth, where she co-directs and supports a number of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grantmaking programs and is the Project Director of an AHRQ-sponsored conference grant that convenes policy audiences to discuss the evidence and future research needs related to health care costs, financing, organization and markets.

Megan's primary responsibilities include project management, program design and implementation, research translation, and grantmaking and proposal evaluation. Megan also provides leadership as needed on AcademyHealth projects related to health reform, health care value, public/population health, and price transparency.

Prior to joining AcademyHealth in 2012, Megan provided research assistance at the Center for Managing Chronic Disease at the University of Michigan School of Public Health; at the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation, in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and at the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Earlier in her career, Megan served as the interim Director of Development for a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in gender and health studies and an M.P.H. in health management and policy from the University of Michigan.

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Blog Post

HCFO: A Chapter Closes, but the Evidence Endures

After nearly 30 years, the final grants funded under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) initiative are coming to a close at the end of December. This work has built on AcademyHealth’s broader efforts to get actionable evidence that can improve health and health care into the hands of decision makers when they need it and in a format they can use.

Special Topic Research Programs

The most effective health care policy is informed by objective, rigorous evidence. For 25 years, AcademyHealth served as the national program office for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) grantmaking initiative and continues to manage special topic solicitations for the Foundation covering a broad array of topics.


With guidance from the Foundation, AcademyHealth staff manage rigorous external review of grant proposals, monitor funded projects, and collaborate with grantees to disseminate study findings through a variety of channels, including meetings, written products, and social media. AcademyHealth is known for managing successful grantmaking programs that promote the development of high-quality evidence that is useful and used by policymakers and other decision makers. AcademyHealth staff are currently managing the following special topic solicitations::



If you have questions about any of these projects, please contact Megan Collado