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Institute for Medicaid Innovation Kicks Research into High Gear with Heather Elliott

September 11, 2017

Medicaid research group draws on unique experience of policy analyst, firefighter/EMT

September 12, 2017 – Washington, DC - The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI), the DC-based health care research group, broadened its capabilities with the addition of Heather Elliott as a health research associate.  She will be supporting quantitative and qualitative analyses to help the health care community gain insights into the complex Medicaid program. 

Ms. Elliott will apply current research and best practices to the broader policy landscape.  Specifically she will bring her expert analysis skills to bear on weighty issues that affect the Medicaid community such as the opioid crisis, health disparities, preterm birth, and childhood obesity.

“I have always been passionate about the story-- what motivates people, what affects them, and what drives their behavior,” said Ms. Elliott. “The health care needs of Medicaid enrollees are extremely complex, unique, and multifaceted. It is an honor to work on behalf of all those in Medicaid and to be an advocate for them in the health care field.” 

Prior to the IMI, Ms. Elliott worked on U.S. welfare state topics including the integration of behavioral health and medical care in Medicaid. She also worked in Europe on issues like expanding the scope of care of pre-hospital emergency medical systems and better integrating emergency medical systems into the European political and economic frameworks. She has also worked at the Center for Clinical Management Research at the VA in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Ms. Elliott has a B.A. in public policy, an M.A. in political science, and is an M.P.H./Ph.D. candidate in political science and health services research and policy from the University of Michigan.

Beyond her education and professional accomplishments, Ms. Elliott is no stranger to helping others.  She is an emergency medical technician (EMT) with a passion for wilderness and urban medicine.  She has served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT in Colorado where she was on the high angle mountain rescue team.

“We’re excited to have someone with Heather’s qualifications on board,” said IMI Executive Director Jennifer Moore, PhD.  “Her analytical skills coupled with her diverse background will help us not only better understand the challenges and opportunities in Medicaid, but also be key to developing innovative programs that will benefit all enrollees.”

Ms. Elliott can be reached at

About the IMI 
The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit research organization that provides independent, nonpartisan information and analysis that informs Medicaid policy and improves the health of the nation.

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