As Vice President for Evidence Generation and Translation, Dr. Margo Edmunds leads AcademyHealth's portfolios on research translation and dissemination, delivery system reform, health information infrastructure, and population health. She also directs the AcademyHealth Center on Diversity, Inclusion, and Minority Engagement. A health policy expert with a clinical background in care management, she has more than 20 years of experience directing high-visibility health policy evaluation and implementation projects and has worked with federal, state, and local governments and private sector clients, including foundations and industry associations. She has been a member of the teaching faculty at Johns Hopkins University since 1999, as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management and an Instructor in the Advanced Professional Programs in Communications.

In 2013, Dr. Edmunds received a leadership award from the American Medical Informatics Association for her work chairing the organization's Public Policy Committee. Dr. Edmunds received her multidisciplinary doctoral degree in human development from The Pennsylvania State University, completed a three-year research and clinical fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and was a post-doctoral fellow in health policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and a Fellow and former member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Edmunds is an Associate Editor of Applied Clinical Informatics and a reviewer for JAMIA, the International Journal of Medical Informatics, eGEMs, and Health Affairs.


What does health services research mean to you?

"Without health services and policy research, there would be no roadmap for improving the health care system, strengthening multi-sector community health systems, and developing a shared vision about consumer engagement. HSR helps create evidence that can point the way to effective solutions."

What is your favorite task in your role with AcademyHealth?

"The best part of this job is bringing people together to find new ways to address shared challenges. I’m fortunate to work with such creative and interesting colleagues and to be able to meet and interact with so many new people from different sectors and walks of life."


eGEMs: Toward greater health information interoperability in the United States health system

Healthcare Information Management Systems: The evolution of Health IT policy in the United States.

eGEMs: The future of public health informatics: Alternative scenarios and recommended strategies.

Health Affairs Blog. Jump-starting the conversation about workforce diversity.



Global Public Health Systems Innovations: What Can Other Countries Tell US?

Authored by Margo Edmunds, Ph.D.


Definitions Matter: Building a Shared Language for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion terms for the field of Health Services Research

In support of the work and recommendations by the Advisory Group on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in HSR, AcademyHealth is pleased to release an initial glossary of DEI terms and concepts. This document is a starting point that aims to encourage a shared language for community discourse about DEI.