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Brenda C. Spillman
Senior Fellow
Health Policy Center

Brenda Spillman is a senior fellow and health economist in the Urban Institute's Health Policy Center. She has more than 30 years of experience designing and conducting health- and health care–related research projects. She has expertise in survey design and extensive experience with a broad range of complex national surveys, Medicare and Medicaid claims, and assessment data. She was an inaugural coinvestigator and leadership team member for the National Health and Aging Trends Study, a National Institute on Aging–funded longitudinal survey of the Medicare elderly, and the companion National Study of Caregiving. She now serves on the study’s steering committee.

Spillman is a nationally recognized expert on old-age disability, long-term care use and financing, informal caregiving, and projections of service use and cost for the Medicare elderly. Her ongoing work examines demographic trends and the implications for future family and unpaid caregiver supply and demand for paid support services. Recent work has focused on chronic disease and promoting maximum health and functioning. Spillman was principal investigator for the long-term evaluation of Section 2703 Medicaid Health Homes, an initiative to improve outcomes for beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions by integrating delivery of health, behavioral, and supportive services, and for a project examining collaborations between housing and the health care system aimed at providing integrated, coordinated, whole-person care to vulnerable populations.

Before joining Urban in 1998, Spillman was a research fellow at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She has a PhD from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.


Research Areas
Health and health care
Aging and retirement
Retirement policy