Detroit, MI: September 11

Our second meeting was held in Detroit, MI, on September 11, 2019.

Austin Frakt’s Slides

Roshanak Mehdipanah’s Slides

Adriana Lleras-Muney’s Slides


Roshanak Mehdipanah, Ph.D.

Roshanak Mehdipanah, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Health Behavior & Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan

Roshanak Mehdipanah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pompeu Fabra, Spain and her M.Sc. from the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She specializes in innovative research methods including realist evaluations and concept mapping to develop conceptual frameworks linking complex interventions to health. Dr. Mehdipanah has led several projects on housing and health including health evaluations of housing policies on affordability and discrimination within the U.S.A. Prior to joining the faculty in HBHE, Dr. Mehdipanah was an investigator with the SOPHIE project (Evaluating the Impact of Structural Policies on Health Inequalities) funded by the European Union. Within this project, she led a four-year evaluation of an urban renewal policy and its effects on the health and health inequalities in some of Barcelona’s neighborhoods. Dr. Mehdipanah’s current research portfolio focuses on aspects of urban health including urban renewal, planning, housing and gentrification.

Adriana Lleras-Muney, Ph.D.

Adriana Lleras-Muney, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, University of California, Los Angeles

Adriana Lleras-Muney is a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at UCLA. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University and was an assistant professor of economics at Princeton University for seven years before moving to UCLA. Her research examines the relationships between socio-economic status and health, with a particular focus on education and income. Her most recent work investigates whether cash transfers to poor families improve poor children’s education, lifetime incomes and long term health. She is an associated editor for the Journal of Health Economics and she serves in the board editors of two other journals, Demography and the American Economic Journal-Economic Policy. She is also a permanent member of the Social Sciences and Population Studies Study Section at the National Institute of Health. Lleras-Muney is a faculty fellow at the California Center for Population Research (CCPR),  the Center for Economic and Social Research and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); and a member of the California Policy Lab.

Robert Gordon, J.D.

Robert Gordon, J.D., Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Robert Gordon serves as the director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, where he oversees Medicaid programs, Children’s Protective Services, food assistance, public health and many other statewide health and human services programs.

Director Gordon has a distinguished career in public service. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of finance and global strategy for the non-profit College Board.

Prior to joining the College Board, Director Gordon served in the U.S. Department of Education as acting assistant secretary at the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development. He spent four years at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, including service as acting deputy director. He has been described as the quarterback for President Barack Obama administration’s evidence-based policymaking initiatives, which closely tied program funding to quality evaluation.

Director Gordon earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University and his J.D. from Yale University.