Biographical Sketches of Steering Committee Members
V. JOSEPH HOTZ (Chair) is arts and sciences professor of economics at Duke University. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Duke Population Research Institute and a research affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty and the National Poverty Center. He is also a fellow of the Econometric Society. Previously, he served as professor and chair of the Department of Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include labor economics, economic demography, and evaluation of the impact of social programs. He has served on several panels of the Committee on National Statistics, including those on the Census Bureau’s re-engineered SIPP, and access to research data: balancing risks and opportunities. He has a Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin.
LYNN A. BLEWETT is principal investigator and director of the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) and professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She also directs the State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE), a national program office to fund and synthesize rigorous evaluation of state health reform initiatives. Her current area of research is defining and measuring underinsurance and documenting the development of local access to care programs, community-based initiatives to meet the primary health care needs of the growing number of uninsured adults. Her prior health policy experience includes work for the U.S. Senate and the Minnesota Department of Health. She has a
Ph.D. degree in health services research, policy, and administration from the University of Minnesota, a M.A. degree in public affairs from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
MICHAEL DAVERN is vice president and director of the Public Health Research Department in the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. Prior to this appointment, he was at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, where he was an assistant professor of health policy and management and research director of the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC). He also codirected the U.S. Census Bureau Research Data Center at the university. He previously served as a statistician for the Labor Force and Transfer Programs Statistics Branch of the U.S. Census Bureau. A major focus of his work has involved applying state-level data to health policy issues and helping states monitor trends in health insurance coverage rates. He has a Ph.D. degree in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, a M.A. degree in sociology from Colorado State University, and a B.A. degree in sociology from Saint John’s University.
LISA C. DUBAY is a health services researcher with over 20 years experience in public health. She recently joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as associate professor. Prior to this, she was a principal research associate at the Urban Institute, where she focused on the effects of public policies on insurance coverage, access to care, and health outcomes for low-income populations. She has led numerous national evaluations of public expansions in coverage for federal agencies and private foundations. Her dissertation examined socioeconomic gradients and racial disparities in children’s health status and well-being and their emotional and cognitive functioning. She has extensive experience analyzing nationally representative household surveys. She has Ph.D. and S.C.M. degrees from the Johns Hopkins University.
JOAN HENNEBERRY is executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and leads the agency responsible for managing public health insurance programs, including Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus. She is a senior health policy adviser to the governor, developing and implementing health reform policies and initiatives. Prior to the cabinet appointment, she worked in the private sector after spending 7 years at the National Governors Association providing consultation to states on health care services and financing, cost containment, and emerging policy issues. She spent 13 years at the Colorado
Department of Public Health and Environment, chairs the board of the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization, and serves on the Executive Committee for the National Academy for State Health Policy. She has a M.A. degree in management, and completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
CHRIS L. PETERSON is director of eligibility, enrollment, and benefits at the new congressional commission MACPAC, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. Prior to this, he was specialist in health care financing in the Domestic Social Policy Division of the Congressional Research Service (CRS). He has written and testified extensively on Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding issues and formula allocations, as well as on survey estimates of low-income uninsured children. His work for CRS also covered issues and options for a health insurance “exchange,” risk pooling, mandates, minimum benefit standards, actuarial values, subsidies, tax policy, public programs, and other federal statutes and regulations. Previously, he worked at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare (Breaux-Thomas). He has an M.P.P. degree from Georgetown University’s Graduate Public Policy Institute and a B.Sc. degree from Missouri Western State University.
ERIC V. SLUD is professor in the statistics program at the University of Maryland. His research includes the evaluation of models for small-area poverty estimates from census and Current Population Survey (CPS) data and analysis of nonresponse-adjusted survey estimates. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and a consultant to the U.S. Census Bureau. He was a member of the National Research Council (NRC) committee to review K-12 standards in mathematics and served as a reviewer for a previous NRC study on the American Community Survey. He has a B.A. degree from Harvard College and a Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.