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Center for State Health Policy
112 Paterson Street, 5th floor
848-932-4651

Established in 1999, the Center for State Health Policy (CSHP) is a major initiative within the Institute to create a formal capacity for policy analysis, research, training, technical assistance, facilitation, and consultation on state health policy. With initial and continuous funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center was conceived and operates in response to the devolution of significant health policy responsibilities to state governments. The Center combines Rutgers University’s traditional academic strengths in public health, health services research, the social sciences, and medicine with a strong set of applied research and policy analysis initiatives. Drawing on the combined efforts of core faculty and a staff of policy and data analysts and the University’s rich faculty resources from a variety of disciplines, the Center uses its collective expertise to provide state health policy-makers in New Jersey and elsewhere with impartial research findings and analyses to inform health policy decisions. The Center provides facilitation and convening services around important state health policy issues. Center faculty and staff work with various academic programs within the University to train tomorrow’s health policy-makers and health services/health policy researchers.

Drawing on the combined efforts of a core staff of policy and data analysts and the University’s rich faculty resources from a variety of disciplines, the Center uses its collective expertise to provide state health policy-makers in New Jersey and elsewhere with impartial research findings and analyses to inform health policy decisions. The Center also provides facilitation and convening services around important state health policy issues. Center staff and faculty also work with various academic programs within the University to train tomorrow’s health policy-makers and health services/health policy researchers.

The Center has an extensive portfolio of projects examining important Medicaid-related questions. These studies combine data from a variety of sources including continuously-updated, comprehensive Medicaid enrollment claims and encounter data (2011-present) that the Center maintains under data use agreements with NJ Medicaid. In collaboration with NJ Medicaid, these data are linked at the patient/client level to the HUD-sponsored, statewide Homeless Management Information System, the NJ State Cancer Registry, and electronic health records from the NJ Children’s System of Care. The CSHP and NJ Medicaid partnership is a national model of academic-government collaboration advancing evidence-based care for quality improvement in Medicaid.

To learn more, visit the Center for State Health Policy web site.

Joel Cantor, Sc.D.
Director
Margaret Koller, M.S.
Executive Director