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Emily Johnson

Director of Policy Analysis

Emily Johnson is the Colorado Health Institute’s Director of Policy Analysis. She joined CHI in May 2015 and leads a variety of projects with an emphasis on quantitative analysis and financial modeling. She studies how both local and federal proposals could impact Colorado, its budget, and the health of our residents.

Before coming to CHI, Emily worked as an analyst with national and international health nonprofits.

Emily graduated from the University of Colorado in May 2015 with a master’s degree in health services research. Her academic work focused on associations between state regulations and nonprofit hospital community-benefit spending and behavior.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Sample Projects:

Skills: Financial modeling, quantitative analysis, policy analysis, economic analysis, presenting

Focus Areas:

  • Medicaid
  • Immigrant health
  • Public policy
  • Health expenditures
  • Hospital community benefits

I Do This Work Because… Health and access to health care are key to helping Coloradans live their best lives, and I want to support policymakers and communities working to create a more equitable system. There is no shortage of rhetoric and dogma in health care policy debates, and we are morally obligated to add objective, evidence-based analysis to the discussion whenever possible. I believe CHI’s place as a responsible steward of data, analysis, and sense-making is more important now than ever before.


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