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US-China Forum 2021: Addressing Inequality and Promoting Social Welfare

Colleen Grogan

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Colleen Grogan

Professor, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice

Academic Director, Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy

Executive Committee, Center for Health Administration Studies

The University of Chicago

Associate Editor, American Journal of Public Health 

Colleen Grogan has many years of experience studying the US healthcare system, including the role of private provision, the structure of public entitlements, and implications for health equity. Much of her work has focused on the intergovernmental Medicaid program, which is the largest health insurance program in the US. Since 2010, Grogan has participated in a collaborative project collecting state-level substance use disorder (SUD) coverage policy for Medicaid FFS programs and Medicaid Managed Care (MCOs). Numerous articles have been published from this work documenting variation in SUD coverage policy and effects on facilities treating persons with SUD. In July 2021, she became Co-PI and Co-Investigator of two new R01 NIH NIDA funded five-year projects that study the effect of Medicaid MCO coverage policies on access to treatment and health outcomes for persons with Opioid Use Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder. In 2017, she received an NIH-funded book award to document the extent of public provision in developing the US healthcare system, and public discourse to hide the role of public provision. This manuscript is titled, The Rise of the Conservative Health Care State, and is currently under revision with Oxford University Press. Grogan’s research also focuses on participatory processes to create more equitable and inclusive health policies. She is currently part of an FDA-funded Hastings Center Project, which is developing deliberative engagement processes for new genetic modifying technologies, which have enormous health and environmental implications.