Lauren Gerlach is a director at AcademyHealth, where she seeks to strengthen ties between the health services research community and health care practitioners, policymakers, advocates, and others. Currently, she manages a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) grantmaking program, “Research in Transforming Health and Health Care Systems,” and contributes to proposal evaluation, convening, and dissemination activities for several other RWJF grantmaking initiatives. In other work at AcademyHealth, Lauren has conducted interviews with policymakers and others to identify their health care priorities and information needs; developed issue briefs and quick-turnaround research syntheses to disseminate existing evidence effectively; and piloted strategies for capturing the impact of research on health policy.

Prior to joining AcademyHealth, Lauren interned at the National Academy for State Health Policy, where she contributed to State Refor(u)m, an online network for health reform implementation. Previously, Lauren reported on health and human services topics at the Minnesota Legislature and produced website and social media content for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis/St. Paul. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and American studies from St. Olaf College and a master’s degree 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.