The goal of this study is to help employers, private insurers, and other audiences understand the link between investments in social determinants of health and health care costs to inform their decision-making moving forward. Using advanced econometric modeling techniques and data from the Health Care Cost Institute, the Census Bureau and the Area Health Resources Files, the researchers will explore the influence of county-level governmental expenditures for 14 types of public health and social services on annual per capita health care costs for non-elderly Americans covered under employer-sponsored health insurance. Deliverables will include a project work plan and final narrative report. The researchers will also produce paper(s) suitable for publication and present findings at national research meetings and to other stakeholder audiences as appropriate, including policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels and other key stakeholders, as part of the deliverables for this grant.

Principal Investigators:

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Simone Singh, Ph.D., M.A.

Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy - University of Michigan

Simone Singh, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan. Read Bio

Committee Member, Researcher

J. Mac McCullough, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor - Arizona State University

Mac McCullough is Assistant Professor in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. Dr. McCu... Read Bio


Grant: #76789
Grantee Institution: The Regents of the University of Michigan
Grant Period: 9/15/19 – 6/30/21