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Aaron Katz

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I work in health policy because it involves issues that touch people's lives ... and because of my mother. My other passions include traveling with my wife, Kate, gardening, tennis, softball, reading, music, and all things garlic.

Principal Lecturer, Health Services
Adjunct Principal Lecturer, Global Health


CPH   University of Toronto (Canada), 1975   (Public Health)
BS   University of Wisconsin, 1974   (Zoology)

Contact Info


1107 NE 45th, Suite 400
Suite 400, University District Building
Seattle, WA 98195-4809

campus box:   354809
voice:   206-616-5227
fax:   206-616-9415


Aaron Katz teaches several health policy courses for MPH and MHA students, including in the Community Oriented Public Health Practice and Global Health MPH programs. He is also faculty lead for the Health Services MPH concentration in Health Systems and Policy. Aaron was director of the UW Health Policy Analysis Program from 1988 through 2003. His current research interests focus on strengthening public health systems in developing countries through enhancing policy research, development, and advocacy capacity and leadership training and development, in addition to long-standing research on changes in the safety net system and health care markets in the United States.

Aaron received the Health Reform Leadership Award at the 2011 State of Reform Washington conference, the American Public Health Association's Award for Excellence in 2006, and the School of Public Health and Community Medicine's Outstanding Teaching Award in 2004.

Health policy; health sector leadership; social/political determinants; health system market change; health care costs and access, health sector education and training

Hagopian A, Rao D, Katz A, Sanford S, Barnhart S. Anti-homosexual legislation and HIV-related stigma in African nations: what has been the role of PEPFAR? Glob Health Action. 2017;10(1):1306391. doi: 10.1080/16549716.2017.1306391.  PMID: 28580879    PMCID: PMC5496073

Iyengar S, Katz A, Durham J. Role of institutional entrepreneurship in building adaptive capacity in community-based healthcare organisations: realist review protocol. BMJ Open. 2016 Mar 24;6(3):e010915. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010915.  PMID: 27013599

Acker K, Pletz AM, Katz A, Hagopian A. Foreign-born care givers in Washington State nursing homes: characteristics, associations with quality of care, and views of administrators. J Aging Health. 2015 Jun;27(4):650-69. doi: 10.1177/0898264314556618.  PMID: 25359766

Katz AB, Felland LE, Hill I, Stark LB. A long and winding road: federally qualified health centers, community variation and prospects under reform. Res Brief. 2011 Nov;(21):1-9.  PMID: 23155547

Cunningham PJ, Bazzoli GJ, Katz A. Caught in the competitive crossfire: safety-net providers balance margin and mission in a profit-driven health care market. Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 Sep-Oct;27(5):w374-82. Epub 2008 Aug 12.  PMID: 18697764

Chair, capstone for Omid Bagheri Garakani
Sustainability in a community-based program

Member, thesis committee for Nick Fradkin
Identifying and overcoming barriers to raising funds from individuals for tobacco prevention programs

Chair, thesis committee for Andrea Frey
Insurance churn for WA pregnant women: An analysis of network adequacy

Chair, capstone for Victoria Summerquist
Strategies to increase attendance in SNAP-Ed courses by TANF recipients

Chair, thesis committee for Juhie Kumar
The intersection between public health and public safety in the criminal justice system

Chair, capstone for Lauren Baba
Climate change as a public health issue in Washington: The development and implementation of climate change policies by local health agencies

Chair, capstone for Jacqueline Barton
The New Blue H: A Report on the Findings of the 2014 Rural Health Workgroup, a Partner Project Between the Washington State Department of Health and the Washington State Hospital Association

Chair, capstone for Kristen Savage
Soul fathers as health educators: Integrating religious leaders into Gondar, Ethiopia's heatlh care delivery system

Chair, thesis committee for Allison Thigpen
The effect of insurance coverage on Tennessee children's receipt of preventive dental services and oral health

Chair, capstone for Ashraf Amlani
Shifting mindsets: Money management for youth : A series of financial education workshops designed for the University District Youth Center

Member, capstone for Jonathan Fischer
The self-sustainability of the Washington State Health Benefits Exchange: A policy analysis

Chair, capstone for David Forssen
Medicare modernization: An analysis of policy options and organizational impact

Adult Quality Measures: A WCMHC Quality Improvement Curriculum to Improve Rehospitalization Rates for Adults with Serious Mental Illness
Washington Community Mental Health Council
PI:   Katz           Dates:    5/2/2013 - 12/20/2014

Public Health Political Mapping Study

Aaron is a co-investigator on this multi-country study of civil society organizations efforts to influence health systems and health policy in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Community Tracking Study / Center for Studying Health System Change

Since 1995, Aaron has participated in these biennial site visits for this Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded longitudinal study of how community health systems are changing across the country.

Effective Collaborations Between Local Governments and Non-Profit Organizations

Aaron was the principal investigator on this cross-national study of how nonprofit organizations and local governments interact and what public policies can facilitate such relationships to the benefit of communities and their residents. The study was funded by the Center for Global Partnership, Japan Foundation, in New York City.

Beyond Employer-Based Health Insurance Coverage: Lessons from State Health Policy

Aaron was an investigator in this project designed to mine state-based health policy and health services research concerning alternatives to employer-based health insurance. The project was funded by The Commonwealth Fund.

Study of the Potential Effects of the Conversion of Premera Blue Cross to For-Profit Status

As director of HPAP, Aaron directed an assessment of the potential impacts of the Premera conversion on the health care systems in Washington and Alaska. The study was commissioned by a coalition of consumer groups, Washington State Hospital Association, and Washington State Medical Association.