Dr. Heather Dahlen is the principal investigator on a SHARE-funded project researching the impact of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act on continuity of insurance coverage among low-income, non-elderly adults and the secondary effects of continuous coverage on access to care.
Dr. Dahlen is a health economist with positions at both the University of Minnesota and Mathematica Policy Research, before which she was a Post-Doctorate Research Fellow at Medica Research Institute. With research interests in health policy, health insurance reform, and health economics, Dr. Dahlen has conducted a number of studies evaluating the impacts of health policy changes, focusing in particular on the of state and federal policy initiatives on health insurance coverage, access, and affordability. In addition to this SHARE project, she is currently leading an evaluation of the impact of nurse practitioner scope of practice legislation on health and access to care
Additional Professional Roles
Prior to her current positions, Dr. Dahlen taught courses in health economics, macroeconomics, and microeconomics at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), St. Catherine University (St. Paul, MN), and San Diego State University. Dr. Dahlen holds a both a doctorate and master's in Applied Economics, from the University of Minnesota and San Diego State University, respectively.
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.