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INVESTIGATORS

Research Investigator,

Medica Research Institute

Adjunct Assistant Professor,

Department of Applied Economics,

University of Minnesota

Caroline Carlin, PhD is an Investigator with the Medica Research Institute whose research focuses on choices, quality and cost in the delivery and financing of health care services. Dr. Carlin earned her PhD in Health Services Research from the University of Minnesota, and subsequently held a faculty position in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. Her research is informed by her previous work as a health care actuary (earning Fellowship in the Society of Actuaries designation), as an employee benefits consultant and as director of benefits for a national discount retailer. These various perspectives on the delivery of employerbased health care add practical insight to theoretical investigation. Dr. Carlin continues to advise graduate students as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Applied Economics.

Distinguished Chair of Health Policy Research,

Medica Research Institute,


Affiliate Professor,

Division of Health Policy and Management,

University of Minnesota School of Public Health,

Minneapolis, MN


Adjunct Professor,

Department of Pediatrics,

University of Minnesota Medical School,

Minneapolis, MN


Research Affiliate,

Department of Health Sciences Research,

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Dr. Flores is Distinguished Chair of Health Policy Research at the Medica Research Institute. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, and attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. He is a member of the Council of the American Pediatric Society, the editorial board of Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, the National Advisory Committees of the RWJ Amos Medical Faculty Development and Aligning Forces for Quality Programs, and the American Pediatric Society's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. He was a member of the US Preventive Services Task Force from 2010-2013. He is Director of the NIDDK/APA Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiative on Diversity (RAPID), whose goal is to provide career development and advancement for diverse junior faculty in general academic pediatrics pursuing careers addressing pediatric obesity, nutrition, and/or sickle cell disease. He has provided two Congressional Briefings, US Senate and Congressional testimony, and a DHHS and ACF briefing. He has been a consultant/NAC member for the US Surgeon General, IOM, CDC, NICHD, AMA, NHMA, First Focus, the DHHS Office of Civil Rights, and Sesame Workshop. He received the 2006 AAP Outstanding Achievement Award in the Application of Epidemiologic Information to Child Health Advocacy, the 2006 NHMA Health Leadership Award, the 2008 Millie and Richard Brock Award for Distinguished Contributions to Pediatrics, the 2010 Helen Rodríguez-Trías Social Justice Award from the APHA, and is the first underrepresented minority recipient of the APA Research Award in 2012 and the APA Public Policy and Advocacy Award in 2017. He has been awarded major grant funding by NICHD, NIDDK, AHRQ, CMS, the RWJ Foundation, and the Commonwealth Fund. His 223 publications address a wide variety of research and policy issues, including health policy, health services research, public and population health, racial/ethnic disparities in children’s health and healthcare, language barriers in healthcare, insuring the uninsured, and childhood obesity.

Senior Research Fellow,

Medica Research Institute

Professor, School of Public Health,

Division of Health Policy & Management,

University of Minnesota

Jon Christianson, PhD holds the James A. Hamilton Chair in Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. His research specialties include evaluation of treatment processes, competition and competitive health care markets, health insurance, and financial incentives in health care. His current research interests include the public reporting of provider performance, employer strategies for purchasing health care, implementation of evidence- based treatment processes in health care organizations, and tracking change in health care markets.

Research Associate,

Medica Research Institute

Scott Ode, PhD, is a research associate at the Medica Research Institute with an extensive background in research and analytics, data informatics, and database construction. He received PhD in Social Psychology from North Dakota State University in 2011 and shortly thereafter joined Medica Health Plans as a data scientist. In this role he used claims and enrollment data to create insights in health care utilization, quality improvement, and provider practice patterns. In 2015 he transitioned to the Medica Research Institute as a research associate and has used his experience with claims data and data science to make significant contributions to a number of research projects. He has had a leading role in efforts to design, develop, and build MRI data infrastructure and data warehouse capabilities, which has allowed MRI to participate in nationwide multi-site data sharing collaborations. He has developed numerous innovative procedures in this area, including cross-organizational patient matching protocols and visit classification methodology. In addition to his interest in informatics, he is also interested in the application of big data approaches to understand health care utilization, using claims data to understand the relationship between health and stress, understanding the causes and consequences the dental health disparity among Medicaid populations, and using incentives to modify health behaviors.

Research Investigator,

Medica Research Institute

Adjunct Faculty,

Humphrey School of Public Affairs,

University of Minnesota

Angela Fertig, PhD, is an Investigator with the Medica Research Institute whose research focuses on health behavior and health disparities among vulnerable populations. Dr. Fertig received her BA from Stanford University and her PhD in economics from Brown University. Prior to joining Medica Research Institute, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University, and faculty positions at Indiana University and the University of Georgia. Dr. Fertig is developing a research program in behavioral economics. Her scientific contributions are intended to inform public policy, health promotion interventions and health care delivery models. She is currently focusing on adolescents to understand relationships that exist with trusted adult role models in the educational system and their ability to influence student health attitudes and outcomes. Dr. Fertig also intends to examine aspects of the cost of care related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Fertig continues to advise graduate students as adjunct faculty in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.