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Emily Johnson

Director of Policy Analysis

Emily Johnson, Director of Policy Analysis, leads data analysis for CHI, including for the biennial Colorado Health Access Survey. Since joining CHI in May 2015, she has led a variety of projects with an emphasis on quantitative analysis and financial modeling. She develops statistical models to estimate localized data, such as prevalence rates by ZIP code, and studies how both local and federal proposals could impact Colorado, its budget, and the health of our residents.

During the pandemic, Emily supported the governor’s Innovation Response Team and served as a member of CHI’s elite Strike Team, formed in 2020 to quickly respond to the public health crisis caused by COVID-19.  She leads quantitative and policy analysis on various Colorado health topics, including mental health, Medicaid managed care, Medicaid expansion, and the financial impact of informal or unpaid caregiving.

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

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