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.
EducationCPH University of Toronto (Canada), 1975 (Public Health)
BS University of Wisconsin, 1974 (Zoology)
Contact Infoemail: firstname.lastname@example.org
1107 NE 45th, Suite 400
Suite 400, University District Building
Seattle, WA 98195-4809
campus box: 354809
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.
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
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
PI: Katz Dates: 10/1/2013 - 6/30/2014
PI: Katz Dates: 5/2/2013 - 12/20/2014
PI: Katz Dates: 1/1/2013 - 6/30/2014
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.