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

email:   garlyk@uw.edu

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

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. 2014 Oct 29. pii: 0898264314556618. [Epub ahead of print]  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

Felland LE, Katz A, Liebhaber A, Cohen GR. Developing health system surge capacity: community efforts in jeopardy. Res Briefs. 2008 Jun;(5):1-8.  PMID: 18630400

Hurley R, Katz A, Felland L. Relief, restoration and reform: economic upturn yields modest and uneven health returns. Issue Brief Cent Stud Health Syst Change. 2008 Jan;(117):1-4.  PMID: 18396571

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

Member, capstone for Jacqueline Barton
Successful strategies for implementing

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

Chair, capstone for Faye Ziegeweid
Implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Strategies for ensuring full access to reproductive health care

Chair, capstone for Barbara Rose
Integrating the Snohomish Health District's obesity prevention work in schools

Federalism and Health Care Reform
Empire Health Foundation
PI:   Katz           Dates:    10/1/2013 - 6/30/2014

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

International Partnership
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
PI:   Katz           Dates:    1/1/2013 - 5/30/2013

Eldercare WSU Extension
Washington State University (WSU)
PI:   Katz           Dates:    1/1/2013 - 6/30/2014

International Partnership
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
PI:   Katz           Dates:    1/1/2012 - 12/31/2012

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.