Ms. Lukanen manages SHADAC’s technical assistance to states in the areas of data use, analysis, and evaluation to help states plan for and implement health reform. In this capacity, she is currently focused on directing SHADAC’s support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation State Health Reform Assistance Network states (Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia).
With more than 10 years of experience in the health policy arena, Ms. Lukanen has analyzed issues related to cost, access, and quality, with a focus on using sound data to make informed policy decisions.
Before joining SHADAC, Ms. Lukanen worked as a Senior Research Economist in the Health Economics Program (HEP) at the Minnesota Department of Health. While there, she did extensive analysis of primary and secondary data, conducted economic analyses, wrote and presented technical reports to a variety of audiences, and managed stakeholder interactions for the Governor’s statewide Blue Ribbon Panel on health care reform.
Ms. Lukanen holds a master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from McGill University.
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.