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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 Emeritus, Health Services


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

Contact Info


campus box:   359455
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

Verani AR, Lane J, Lim T, Kaliel D, Katz A, Palen J, Timberlake J. HIV Policy Advancements in PEPFAR Partner countries: a review of data from 2010-2016. Glob Public Health. 2020 Aug 4:1-11. doi: 10.1080/17441692.2020.1795219. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 32748699

Lane J, Garrison MM, Kelley J, Sarma P, Katz A. Strengthening policy coding methodologies to improve COVID-19 disease modeling and policy responses: a proposed coding framework and recommendations. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2020 Dec 8;20(1):298. doi: 10.1186/s12874-020-01174-w.  PMID: 33292170    PMCID: PMC7721792
PubMed Central

McMahan VM, McCanta L, Tran D, Herrera L, Viquez L, Swanson F, Crutsinger-Perry B, Baeten JM, Katz A, Stekler JD. Administrative and Related Barriers to Covering the Costs of PrEP at a Safety-Net Clinic in Seattle, WA. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Mar 10. pii: ciaa187. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa187. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 32152636

Lane, J, E Orange, A Brezak, G Tanna, G Andrews, L Lebese, T Carter, E Naidoo, E Levendal, and A Katz. 2020. Strengthening Health Policy Development and Management Systems in Low and Middle Income Countries: South Africa’s Approach. Health Policy Open. 1 August.

Adamson B, Lipira L, Katz AB. The Impact of ACA and Medicaid Expansion on Progress Toward UNAIDS 90-90-90 Goals. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2019 Feb 14. doi: 10.1007/s11904-019-00429-6. [Epub ahead of print] Review.  PMID: 30762215

Chair, capstone for Alexandria Castillo Smith
Implementing Medicaid Buy-In in New Mexico

Member, dissertation committee for Vanessa McMahan
Evaluating Interest and Uptake of Methamphetamine Reduction and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Interventions among Cismen who Have Sex with Men (MSM) and Injection Drug Users (IDU) who Use Methamphetamine

Member, thesis committee for Katarina Hogan Ost
Social Factor Modification of Malaria-Weather Relationship in Kanungu, Uganda

Member, thesis committee for Stephen Walston
A Policy Analysis of Balance Billing Legislation in Washington State

Member, capstone for Laurel Dillon-Sumner
Exploring community resilience: Understanding public health partnerships and community-based health promotion through qualitative methods

Member, capstone for Thomas Eagen
National Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) technical assistance and grantee needs assessment summary report

Member, capstone for Noelia Flores-Silver
King County public housing: Perceptions, policies, and problems facing the Latino community

Chair, thesis committee for Elizabeth Hutter
A Retrospective Claims Analysis of the Utilization of Services by Medicaid-Enrolled Adults Seeking Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in Washington State

Chair, capstone for Celia McTigue
Serving non-native patients: The expansion of native health hare systems in Washington State

Chair, capstone for Andrea Anderso
The Intersection of Hunger & Health: An Evaluation Design for Food Lifeline's Healthcare Initiative, Addressing the Impact of Food Insecurity on Chronic Disease Management

Chair, capstone for Patricia Atwater
Lost in translation? Interdisciplinary lessons for practice-based research

Member, thesis committee for Sara Marquis
Paved with Good Intentions: A policy analysis on the disproportionate incarceration of people with mental illness in Washington State

Chair, capstone for Victoria Orcutt
Paid Family & Medical Leave: Personal Stories and Advocacy Plan

Chair, capstone for Carolanne Sanders
The ACA's Basic Health Program: Analysis of a Federally Funded Pathway Toward Affordability for Washington State

Member, capstone for Swetha Srinath
Evaluating the impact of VillageReach's Pharmacy Assistant Training Program

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.