The University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) helps states monitor rates of health insurance coverage and to understand factors associated with uninsurance.
Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, SHADAC provides not only health policy analysis but also technical assistance to federal agencies that conduct health insurance surveys and states that conduct their own surveys and/or use data from national surveys.
SHADAC’s goal is to help bridge the gap between health insurance data and the policy-making process. The organization produces timely and targeted health policy research with a focus on deriving lessons from state variations in policy and outcomes in the national context. In addition, SHADAC maintains an ongoing research agenda related to issues of health insurance coverage, data collection methods and state health policy.
SHADAC is housed within the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health. SHADAC’s Web site gives users access to research and resources related to issues of health insurance coverage, data collection methods and state health policy. A key feature of the Web site is the SHADAC Data Center, a user-friendly and easily accessible way to get health insurance coverage estimates from the Current Population Survey's Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS) and the American Community Survey (ACS).