Research and technical assistance on state and federal health survey data

The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) contributes to the goal of ensuring access to quality care by conducting targeted research and policy analysis on health insurance coverage and access from a state policy perspective. Data and information are key factors underlying a state's ability to evaluate health insurance coverage expansions and contractions, monitor trends in the numbers and characteristics of the uninsured, and develop and implement policies to increase access and coverage. SHADAC facilitates the use of existing national data by state and local health policy analysts and creates opportunities for state analysts to interact with national data experts. SHADAC translates research, data, and technical information into policy briefs and reports that are accessible and informative to decision makers, and serves a unique role as an advocate for improved use of federal data in the development of state health policy. Its analysis for and technical assistance to other RWJF-funded coverage efforts, such as Cover the Uninsured Week and Covering Kids and Families Back-to-School Campaign, have greatly benefited the Foundation. This grant supports the continuation of the core activities of SHADAC, as well as some ongoing and new targeted research. SHADAC will continue to provide information and technical assistance to the field, as well as to continue work in several key areas, such as researching the Medicaid undercount issue, small area analysis of state and local estimates of health insurance coverage, and approaches to measuring and monitoring underinsurance and the safety net. Under this renewal, SHADAC will also explore the feasibility of using existing federal data for understanding specific estimates of health disparities and in conducting health disparities research. SHADAC will work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Academy of State Health Policy to design and implement a technical assistance plan to improve states' ability and consistency in reporting on the impact of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in reducing the number of low-income uninsured children

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Grant Details

Amount Awarded $1,499,450.00

Awarded on: 10/27/2005

Time frame: 12/1/2005 - 3/31/2010

Grant Number: 52362


University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Mayo Mail Code 197
420 Delaware Street, S.E.
Minneapolis, 55455-0381


Lynn A. Blewett
Project Director