While there is consensus that more reform is needed to improve the value we receive from our investment in health care in the U.S., questions remain around the optimal mechanisms to achieve this goal. For example, how can we promote greater affordability and stability in the individual insurance market? What does the evidence suggest about the effectiveness of benefit design strategies and consumer engagement in health care decision-making? How are safety net health systems responding to alternative payment models and coverage expansions? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Research in Transforming Health and Health Care Systems (RTHS) program, managed by AcademyHealth, funds rigorous, empirical studies that evaluate or predict the potential effects of policies or policy changes intended to transform health and health care systems.

See below for descriptions of 2017 Awarded Grants.

Insurer Exit from the Individual Market:  Affected Populations, Impacts, and State Efforts to Stabilize Markets through Reinsurance
Grantee Institution: University of Minnesota
Principal Investigator: Jean Abraham, Ph.D.
Grant Period: 12/01/2017 – 7/31/2018

Medicaid Policy and the Supply of Primary Care
Grantee Institution: 
Rutgers University
Principal Investigator: Derek DeLia, Ph.D.
Grant Period: 12/01/2017 – 11/30/2018

Strategies for Stabilizing and Strengthening the Individual Insurance Market
Grantee Institution: 
Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Principal Investigator: Mark Hall, J.D.
Grant Period: 12/01/2017 – 5/31/2018

Predicting the Impact of Transforming the Medicaid Program on Health Centers’ Revenues and Capacity to Serve Medically Underserved Communities
Grantee Institution: George Washington University
Principal Investigator: Anne R. Markus, Ph.D., J.D.
Grant Period: 12/01/2017 – 5/31/2018

The Effect of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion on Geographic Access to Safety Net and Acute Care Hospitals
Grantee Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Principal Investigator: David J. Wallace, M.D.
Grant Period: 12/01/2017 – 11/30/2018

The Impact of Medicaid/SCHIP Disenrollment on Adult and Children’s Healthcare Utilization and Expenditures in Arizona: A Natural Experiment
Grantee Institution: University of Arizona
Principal Investigator: Patrick Wightman, Ph.D.
Grant Period: 12/01/2017 – 11/30/2018

Medicaid Contraction: The Impact of Arkansas’s Income Eligibility Cap​​​​​​​
Grantee Institution: 
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
Principal Investigator: Craig Wilson, J.D., M.P.A.
Grant Period: 2/15/2018 – 2/14/2019



Megan Collado, M.P.H.

Director - AcademyHealth

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Lauren Gerlach, M.P.P.

Director - AcademyHealth

Lauren Gerlach is a director at AcademyHealth, where she manages the day-to-day work of the Translation and Di... Read Bio


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Research Assistant

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