Lauren Gerlach is a director at AcademyHealth, where she manages the day-to-day work of the Translation and Dissemination Institute. In this role, she contributes to several projects that aim to strengthen the use of health services and policy research in health policy and health care practice. This work includes helping policymakers and other decision makers assess existing evidence on topics of interest, while helping researchers identify areas where new or better evidence may be needed in the future. Ms. Gerlach also supports proposal evaluation, convening, and dissemination activities for several Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grantmaking programs managed by AcademyHealth.

Ms. Gerlach has worked for a decade to develop clear, engaging content that meets the information needs of diverse audiences. Prior to joining AcademyHealth, Ms. Gerlach covered local government for a daily newspaper in northern Minnesota and later reported on health and human services legislation for a publication of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Most recently, she produced online content for a television station serving the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and American studies from St. Olaf College and a master’s in public policy from the University of Minnesota.

Authored by Lauren Gerlach, M.P.P.

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Capturing the Impact of Research on Policy: Lessons from an AcademyHealth Pilot Project

Establishing whether, how, and why a particular study has directly impacted health policy or health care practice is a persistent and well-documented challenge. A recent article in The Foundation Review chronicles AcademyHealth’s experience with this issue, including lessons learned that may be useful to other organizations that support research and policy analysis.
Posted By Lauren Gerlach, M.P.P.
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New Research to Examine Markets, Medicaid and More

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently awarded seven grants with broad relevance to current health reform debates. From analysis of insurer marketplace exits to the effects of Medicaid expansion on physicians’ capacity to meet rising demand, these studies will produce findings to inform a range of current and potential health policies in the U.S.
Posted By Lauren Gerlach, M.P.P.