Erica Eliason

Erica is a Social Policy Analysis and Economics PhD student, focusing on health policy under the guidance of Dr. Heidi Allen. Erica’s research focuses on the differential financial protections due to public versus private health insurance coverage and the effects of health insurance access on maternal, child, and reproductive health outcomes. As a doctoral research assistant, Erica is currently working on postpartum maternal health and insurance access as well as the health effects of a partnership between Humana and Walmart to subsidize healthy foods. 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. Erica holds a MPH in Health Policy Analysis from Columbia University and BA in Health, Science, and Society from Sarah Lawrence College.

Research Interests

Health Inequities
Long Reach of Childhood or Childhood Origins of Adult Health
Policy (policies)
Reproductive Justice
Social Determinants
Social Policy
State Child Health Programs
Unmet Need for Contraception


American Community Survey
Current Population Survey
Medicaid Data
NYC Survey Data (e.g. Community Health Survey, Housing and Vacancy Survey)
Vital Statistics Data