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

Education

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

Contact Info

email:   garlyk@uw.edu

address:
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

About

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

SciVal Experts Profile



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
 

Katz A, Staiti AB, McKenzie KL. Preparing for the unknown, responding to the known: communities and public health preparedness. Health Aff (Millwood). 2006 Jul-Aug;25(4):946-57.  PMID: 16835173
  

2014
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

2014
Chair, thesis committee for Allison Thigpen
the effect of insurance coverage on Tennessee children's receipt of preventive dental services and oral health

2013
Chair, capstone for Ashraf Amlani
Shifting mindsets: Money management for youth : A series of financial education workshops designed for the University District Youth Center

2013
Chair, capstone for Melissa Burgess
Policy analysis for low acuity use of the hospital emergency department

2013
Member, capstone for Jonathan Fischer
The self-sustainability of the Washington State Health Benefits Exchange: A policy analysis

2013
Chair, capstone for David Forssen
Medicare modernization: An analysis of policy options and organizational impact

2012
Chair, capstone for Judy Chang
Assessing the Federal Basic Health Option: Recent lessons from Washington's Basic Health Program

2012
Chair, capstone for Faye Ziegeweid
Implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Strategies for ensuring full access to reproductive health care

2011
Chair, capstone for Kathryn Bergh
Transition of the universal purchasing system for childhood immunizations in Washington State

2011
Chair, thesis committee for Sami Jarrah
Empirical evidence in the public health policy process: House Bill 2726, Oregon's 2009 menu labeling law

2011
Chair, capstone for Rebecca Meiksin
Designing training and program evaluations for a new HIV care and support coordination programme in Namibia

2011
Chair, capstone for Barbara Rose
Integrating the Snohomish Health District's obesity prevention work in schools

2010
Chair, capstone for Joseph Benedict
The tuberculosis care system of migrant urban-industrial workers in New Delhi

2010
Member, capstone for Lauren Carr
Opportunities for the Washington Poll to inform health care policy in Washington State

2010
Chair, capstone for Tiffany Myers
Preparing for scale-up of an integrated distribution system to last-mile communities: An occupational training for the Mozambican Ministry of Health

2010
Chair, capstone for Priyanka Randeria
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Maintaining Medicaid primary care reimbursement to match Medicare reimbursement at 100% starting 2017 in Washington State

DHPE Shaping Policy for Health
Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE)
PI:   Katz           Dates:    10/1/2013 - 9/30/2014

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

Strengthening Graduate-Level Public Health Education in the Government of the Republic of Namibia Under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Downer           Dates:    4/1/2013 - 3/31/2014

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:    1/1/2013 - 5/30/2013

WA DOH Toxicology Facilitation for the Priority-Issue Initiative
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Katz           Dates:    11/1/2012 - 12/31/2012

DHPE Shaping Policy for Health
Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE)
PI:   Katz           Dates:    10/1/2012 - 9/30/2013

Spokane Regional Toxics Task Force
Washington State University (WSU)
PI:   Katz           Dates:    9/1/2012 - 8/31/2013

WSU: UW Health Services FY 13
Washington State University (WSU)
PI:   Katz           Dates:    7/1/2012 - 6/30/2013

Strengthening Graduate-Level Public Health Education in the Government of the Republic of Namibia Under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Downer           Dates:    4/1/2012 - 3/31/2013

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

Health Promotion Research Center
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    9/30/2011 - 9/29/2012

WSU: UW Health Services FY 12
Washington State University (WSU)
PI:   Katz           Dates:    7/1/2011 - 6/30/2012

WSU Nurse Staffing G002939
Washington State University (WSU)
PI:   Katz           Dates:    5/1/2011 - 12/31/2011

NSSC-UW DHS Focus Groups
Washington State University (WSU)
PI:   Katz           Dates:    5/1/2011 - 12/31/2011

Strengthening Graduate-Level Public Health Education in the Government of the Republic of Namibia Under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Downer           Dates:    4/1/2011 - 3/31/2012

International Partnership
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
PI:   Katz           Dates:    1/1/2011 - 12/31/2011

Strengthening Graduate-Level Public Health Education in the Government of the Republic of Namibia Under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Downer           Dates:    1/1/2009 - 12/31/2013

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.