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Dr Brad Wright, Ph.D.

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Brad Wright joined the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa in 2012. He holds a Ph.D. in health policy and management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.S. in health policy from George Washington University, and a B.S. in biology from the University of Georgia. He also completed an AHRQ-funded postdoctoral fellowship in health services research at Brown University. His research interests include access to care for vulnerable populations, the health care delivery system, and health politics and policy. Within those broad areas, he focuses on safety-net and primary care providers, health reform, and patient participation in health care.

Dr. Wright has studied the nation’s federally qualified health centers extensively. His current work, funded by the Retirement Research Foundation, explores whether receiving care at a federally qualified health center reduces ambulatory care sensitive hospitalizations and emergency department visits among Medicaid-Medicare dual eligibles. He is also the principal investigator of studies to assess the capacity of Iowa’s health centers and rural health clinics, and determine how health centers and local health departments can collaborate more effectively to improve population health. A separate line of research examines Medicare beneficiaries’ use of hospital-based observation care.

Dr. Wright’s research has been published in Health Affairs, Medical Care, Health Services Research, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, the Journal of Rural Health, and the American Journal of Public Health.