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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

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

Danese MD, Katz A, Cetin K, Chia V, Gleeson ML, Kelsh M, Griffiths RI. Treatment patterns, survival, and hospitalization in adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia: an observational cohort study using SEER Medicare data. Leuk Lymphoma. 2019 Jan 11:1-10. doi: 10.1080/10428194.2018.1555329. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 30632830

Katz A, Gajjar D, Zwi AB, Hill PS. Great expectations: An analysis of researchers' and policy makers' perceptions of the potential value of the Australian indigenous burden of disease study for policy. Int J Health Plann Manage. 2017 Jul 30. doi: 10.1002/hpm.2445. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 28758235

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
PubMed Central

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

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
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 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

Chair, capstone for Andrea Weiler
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 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 Armstrong
The intersection between public health and public safety in the criminal justice system

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
PI:   Katz           Dates:    4/1/2017 - 7/31/2017

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
PI:   Katz           Dates:    10/5/2016 - 3/31/2017

WSU-USDA Ruckelshaus Center
Washington State University (WSU)
PI:   Katz           Dates:    7/1/2011 - 6/30/2016

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.