Dr. Erika Martin is an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

As an applied health policy and public health systems researcher, she uses mixed methods to evaluate the allocation of scarce public health resources, the adoption and impact of public health policies, and ways to improve the sustainability and impact of open health data initiatives. She has considerable experience collaborating with government agency staff to translate rigorous evidence-based research into public health practice. Her work in HIV policy includes examining the fairness of funding formulas, interstate variation in state HIV programs, the cost of HIV prevention programs, how the Affordable Care Act will affect HIV care, the impact of New York's HIV testing law and Ending the Epidemic policy strategies, the evolution of New York's opioid overdose policy response, and evidence for systems-level opioid policies. In addition to her HIV policy research, she studies how public health agencies can release open data in a way that is more usable and fit for public health research, the effectiveness of Medicaid waiver programs, and other public health systems topics.

Articles she’s written have appeared in an array of leading health and public policy journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Public Administration Review, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

Dr. Martin received her B.A. from Brown University, her M.P.H. in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Administration from Yale University. She teaches courses on program evaluation, decision models, research design, and public health policy.

Authored by Erika Martin, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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Reinvigorating Public Health Systems Research in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Leaders of the AcademyHealth Public Health Systems Research (PHSR) Interest Group highlight opportunities for PHSR to respond to COVID-19 in the following areas: public health workforce, health equity, financing, structure, and informatics.