Dr. Call is a Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She also co-chairs the Health Disparities Work Group at the School of Public Health and plays a role in the community engagement cores of the Center for Health Equity and the Clinical Translational Science Institute.
Dr. Call’s research interests include access to health insurance coverage and the extent to which health insurance translates into access to health care services among disparities populations. She has also worked on a number of community-based participatory research projects focusing on barriers to health care.
Dr. Call created a survey of health insurance coverage for use by states called the Coordinated State Coverage Survey (CSCS), and has developed a body of research on the complexities of measuring health insurance coverage. This research includes understanding variation in estimates of coverage between the different national surveys, as well as reasons why state-specific surveys produce different estimates of coverage than the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) and American Community Survey (ACS). Her research also explores discrepancies between survey and administrative data counts of insurance coverage—an issue commonly referred to as the “Medicaid undercount.”
Dr. Call holds a Ph.D. and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota.
The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a part of the Health Policy and Management Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.