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Lisa Dubay
Senior Fellow
Health Policy Center
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 Areas
Health and health care
Crime, justice, and safety
Social safety net
Race and equity
Children and youth
Social determinants of health
Kids in context
Washington, DC, research initiative
Families with low incomes
Racial barriers to accessing the safety net
Racial equity in education
Racial inequities in health