Kacie Dragan

Kacie Dragan

PhD Candidate in Health Policy (G3, Methods for Policy Research)

Kacie Dragan graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College in 2014 and received a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Research Methods from Columbia University in 2016, earning her department’s Distinguished Master’s Thesis award. Prior to joining Harvard, Kacie spent three years with NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service where she served as the lead analyst and project manager of NYU’s Policies for Action research hub led by Sherry Glied and John Billings. There, Kacie used state Medicaid data to evaluate the effects of policies from non-health sectors — such as housing, transportation, and education — on the health of low-income New Yorkers, including evaluations of Universal Pre-Kindergarten and subsidized housing. She has presented her work at numerous national health policy conferences and has been published in the Journal of Health Economics, Health Affairs, and Preventing Chronic Disease. She also previously worked at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the emergency preparedness and epidemiology units. Kacie’s work examines how health systems interact with other social services and supports to influence wellbeing — especially across the housing, social safety net, and homeless services sectors — and the ways in which variations in Medicaid policy shape population health. She is also interested in methodological innovations that leverage rich administrative datasets for health policy evaluation.

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