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Elizabeth Lukanen, MPH

Deputy Director, State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC)

Elizabeth Lukanen, MPH serves as the Deputy Director of State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), a health policy research center at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Ms. Lukanen specializes in translating complex research findings from a variety of sources and surveys into actionable, policy-relevant information. Examples of her current work include providing technical assistance to states in the areas of data use, analysis, and evaluation, and serving as the Principal Investigator on a project providing on-demand data analysis and statistical modeling to inform Medicaid policy for the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC).

Before joining SHADAC, Ms. Lukanen served as a Senior Research Economist at the Minnesota Department of Health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from McGill University, and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University. She is passionate about the importance of collecting and reporting disaggregated data to explore health equity issues, working directly with policymakers to improve data on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability.