College of Health and Human Services
George Mason University
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Health Policy Seminar Series

Each year the Department of Health Administration and Policy and the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics team up to host a series of presentations given by experts and professionals in the fields of health policy and health care management. The presentations are followed by a question and answer session. These events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the HAP/CHPRE Seminar Series, contact the HAP Department Manager at or 703-993-1929.

Fall 2019

Prescription Drug Pricing and Health Policy

Melissa Andel, MPA
Vice President, Health Policy 
Applied Policy LLC

Thursday, September 19, 2019
12:00 – 1:30pm, Merten Hall, Room 1203


M-Health Technology and Patient Care

Alicia Hong, PhD
Professor, College of Health and Human Services
George Mason University

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
12:00 – 1:30pm, Merten Hall, Room 1203


The Role of Social Media on Public Health

Andrew Crooks, PhD
Associate Professor, College of Science
George Mason University 

Thursday, November 21, 2019
12:00 – 1:30pm, Merten Hall, Room 1202


Past Seminar Series Events

Spring 2019

  • Transdisciplinary Research on Chronic Disability - Siddhartha Sikdar, PhD, Professor, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University

  • What is Patient-Centered Research? - Kim Bailey, MS, Senior Program Officer, Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

  • Care Coordination Effects on Mental Health - Jie Chen, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Services Administration, University of Maryland School of Public Health

Fall 2018

  • Medicaid and Access to Long-Term Services - Damon Terzaghi, MA, Senior Director of Medicaid Policy & Planning, National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities

  • The Opioid Crisis and NIDA’s Role - Emily Jones, PhD, Branch Chief, Science Policy Branch, National Institute on Drug Abuse

  • Residential Segregation and Health Disparities - Cara Frankenfeld, PhD, Associate Professor, Global & Community Health, George Mason University

Spring 2018

  • Social Determinants of Health: A Look at Northern Virginia - Steve Woolf, MD, MPH, Director, Center on Society and Health, Professor, Family Medicine & Population Health, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Provider-Payer Alliances: New Integration Models - Sunil Budhrani, MD, MBA, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Innovation Health (Aetna-INOVA Partnership)
  • Impact of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals on Human Fertility - Germaine Buck-Louis, PhD, Dean, College of Health & Human Services, George Mason University

Fall 2017

  • Medicaid’s Effects on Child Health Outcomes - Michel Boudreaux, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, School of Public Health
  • What is Population Health Informatics? - Hadi Kharrazi, MD, PhD, MHI, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University
  • Community Health and Integrated Care Models - Lora Peppard, PhD, DNP, Associate Professor, Director of the Virginia and Mason SBIRT Grants - George Mason University

Spring 2017 

  • Health Care Reform and Life Sciences - Christine Juday, MPH, Sanofi Pharmaceuticals
  • Advancing Evidence in Clinical Decision Support  - Edwin Lomatan, M.D., Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
  • Safety Net Hospitals and Population Health - Kalpana Ramiah, Dr.P.H., America’s Essential Hospitals

Fall 2016

  • Recent Trends in U.S. Health Care Spending - Abe Dunn, Ph.D., Assistant Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Nurse Practitioners' Quality of Care - Ellen Kurtzman, Ph.D., RN, Associate Professor, George Washington University
  • Online Physician Ratings & Quality Transparency - Gordon Gao, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Maryland Business School

Spring 2016

  • Person-Centered Care among Older Adults - Jennifer Wolff, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
  • Behavioral Health Needs in Communities - Faye Taxman, PhD, George Mason University
  • Prescription Drug Use and Health Care Reform - Andrew Mulcahy, PhD, RAND Corporation

Fall 2015

  • The Impact of the ACA on Health Disparities - Stacey McMorrow, PhD, Urban Institute – Health Policy Center
  • Estimating Health Care Workforce Needs - Chapin White, PhD, RAND Corporation
  • Using Machine Learning to Predict High-Need Medicaid Enrollees - Che Ngufor, PhD, Mayo Clinic - Biomedical Statistics & Informatics Division

Spring 2015

  • Health Insurance Coverage Effects of Limiting Tax Exclusions - Alison Percy, PhD, Principal Analyst, Congressional Budget Office
  • Advanced Directives and Health Care Use - Lauren Nicholas, PhD, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University
  • The Impact of Medicaid Expansions on Public Hospitals - Shawn Gremminger, MPP, Director of Legislative Affairs, America's Essential Hospitals

Fall 2014

  • Expanding Health Insurance Access under the ACA: Lessons Learned - Dr. Cheryl Camillo, Principal Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Medicaid's Role in the U.S. Health Care System - Dr. Anne Schwartz, Executive Director, Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC)

Spring 2014

  • Dual Eligibility Transitions for Adults with Disabilities - Frederic Selck, Ph.D., National Center for Health Statistics
  • Hospital Payment Innovations in Maryland - Karoline Mortensen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Department of Health Services Administration
  • Perspectives on Health Care Reform - Mandy Cohen, M.D., M.P.H, Senior Advisor to CMS Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Fall 2013

  • What is the Value of Medication Adherence?: Effects on Medical Cost Offsets and Worker Productivity - Chris Roebuck, PhD, MBA, Founder, RxEconomics
  • Primary Care Delivery Redesign - Deborah Goetz Goldberg, PhD, MBA, MHA
  • Wisconsin's Medicaid Expansion and Health Service Use: Lessons from a Natural Experiment - Thomas DeLeire, PhD, Professor, Georgetown Public Policy Institute

Spring 2013

  • Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records - Michael Furukawa, Ph.D., Director of Evaluations, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
  • Estimating the Demand for Illicit Drugs - Todd Olmstead, Ph.D., Public Policy Faculty, George Mason University
  • Competition in the Medicare Advantage Market - Bianca Frogner, Ph.D., Faculty, George Washington University School of Public Health

Fall 2012

  • Private Health Insurance and Healthcare Reform - Bradley Herring, Ph.D.,Johns Hopkins University
  • State Health Exchanges and Medicaid Expansions - Denise Osborne-Harrison, J.D., MPH, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Aging and Long-Term Care Policy - Mark Meiners, Ph.D., George Mason University, HAP Faculty

Spring 2012

  • Implementing Health Care Reform, an Outside View of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation - Alison Evans Cuellar, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Administration and Policy, George Mason University
  • Social Media and Health Care - Priya Nambisan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Health Administration and Policy, George Mason University
  • The Big Unknown in Scoring Health Reform: What Happens When Expanding Demand Meets Contracting Supply - Chapin D. White, PhD, Senior Health Researcher, Center for Studying Health System Change

Fall 2011

  • Wealth, Poverty and Health Care Utilization A Tale of Two Cities - Richard A. Cooper, M.D., Adjunct Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
  • If You Build It, Will They Come? Physicians' Attitudes about Using Clinical Data from External Sources - Joy Grossman, Ph.D., Center for Studying Health System Change, Washington DC
  • A Cure for Defensive Medicine? The Effect of a "Disclosure and-Offer" Program on Inpatient Mortality, Length of Stay and Charges - Lorens Helmchen, Ph.D.