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Adele Shartzer
Senior Research Associate
Health Policy Center
Health policy is an exciting field precisely because the challenges we face are so large and so meaningful to people’s daily lives. I enjoy being a part of an organization that brings rigorous research to bear in the policy debate as we strive to improve access, cost, and the quality of health care—especially for some of our country’s most vulnerable populations.

Adele Shartzer is a research associate in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her work focuses on health coverage, access to care, and the health care delivery system; her research has been published in notable health policy journals.

Before joining Urban, she worked as a program analyst in the Office of Health Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation at the US Department of Health and Human Services. She has also worked in health policy at several nonprofits in the Washington, DC, area.

Shartzer holds a bachelor’s degree in bioethics from the University of Virginia and an MPH in health policy from George Washington University. She received her PhD in health services research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While there, she received a doctoral dissertation award in patient-reported outcomes and was a National Research Service Award trainee.

Research Areas
Health and health care
Children and youth
Disability equity policy

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