Lauren Gerlach was a director at AcademyHealth, where she strengthened ties between the health services research community and health care practitioners, policymakers, advocates, and others. She managed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) grantmaking program, “Research in Transforming Health and Health Care Systems,” and contributed to proposal evaluation, convening, and dissemination activities for several other RWJF grantmaking initiatives. Lauren worked at AcademyHealth until July 2022.
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.