Ph.D. Candidate

Erica Eliason

Erica Eliason’s research interests are: Health Policy; Medicaid; Maternal and Child Health; the Affordable Care Act; Health Disparities; Financial Exposures in Health Care; Sexual and Reproductive Health; Health Care Access

Erica is a PhD candidate at Columbia University School of Social Work and a fellow in the Columbia Population Research Center. Erica’s research focuses on the effects of health care policies on financial hardships as well as the effects of health insurance eligibility on maternal, child, and reproductive health outcomes. Erica formerly was a Research Scientist for the New York City Department of Mental Hygiene, where she conducted health care claims analysis relating to the Medicaid Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP). Erica is currently working on a number of research projects around health insurance eligibility and maternal care access and childbirth outcomes among low-income pregnant women. Erica’s research has included the effects of the ACA dependent coverage provision on preventive sexual and reproductive health service utilization, the role of Medicaid expansion on preventing evictions, and the impact of Medicaid expansion on maternal mortality in the US. Findings from her research have been published in journals such as Health Affairs, American Journal of Public Health, Preventive Medicine, and Women’s Health Issues. Erica holds a MPH in Health Policy Analysis from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a BA in Health, Science, and Society from Sarah Lawrence College.