Every person in America should have the opportunity to have good health. Universal access to health insurance is critical but only part of the solution. People’s health is very much influenced by the circumstances into which they are born and in which they live, learn, work, and play. Equalizing this opportunity requires research and policies that go beyond the traditional realm of health and health care.
Lisa Dubay is a senior fellow in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute and a nationally recognized expert on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Dubay developed the center’s Medicaid eligibility simulation model, which she has used to produce estimates of eligible but uninsured children and adults, and participation rates in Medicaid and CHIP. She is currently involved in two major evaluations of delivery system reform demonstrations: Measurement, Monitoring, and Evaluation of State Demonstrations to Integrate Care for Dual-Eligible Individuals and the Evaluation of Strong Start II. She also continues her research focus on the social determinants of health, and race and class disparities in child health and development.
A health services researcher, Dubay has focused for over 25 years on evaluating the effects of public policies on access to care, health care utilization, health outcomes, and health insurance coverage using quasi-experimental designs. Her evaluation work has included assessing the impact of expansions in public health insurance programs for children, pregnant women, and adults for federal agencies and major foundations.
Dubay returned to Urban after spending a number of years as an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and as special advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services.
She has an ScM from Harvard University School of Public Health and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University.
Research AreasHealth and Health Policy Poverty, Vulnerability, and the Safety Net Crime and Justice Education and Training Food and Nutrition Race and Ethnicity Gender and Sexuality Adolescents and Youth Children
Brief Health and Health PolicyUninsured New Mothers' Health and Health Care Challenges Highlight the Benefits of Increasing Postpartum Medicaid CoverageMay 28, 2020
Research Report Health and Health PolicyJuly 11, 2018
Journal Article Health and Health PolicyJanuary 10, 2018
Research Report Immigrants and ImmigrationFebruary 9, 2017
Research Report Crime and JusticeDecember 15, 2016
Research Report Adolescents and YouthDecember 3, 2016
Research Report Adolescents and YouthSteven H. Woolf, Laudan Y. Aron, Derek Chapman, Lisa Dubay, Emily Zimmerman, Lauren C. Snellings, Lindsey Hall, Amber D. Haley, Nikhil Holla, Christopher Lowenstein, Timothy A. WaidmannOctober 27, 2016
Journal Article Health and Health PolicyMarketplace Subsidies: Changing The ‘Family Glitch’ Reduces Family Health Spending But Increases Government CostsJuly 6, 2016
Research Report Education and TrainingDoes Attendance in Early Education Predict Attendance in Elementary School? An Analysis of DCPS’s Early Education ProgramJune 30, 2016