Heidi Allen

Heidi Allen, PhD, MSW, is an associate professor at Columbia University School of Social Work. She studies the impact of social policies, like Medicaid– America’s health insurance for the poor – on health and financial well-being. She is a former emergency department social worker and spent several years in state health policy, where she focused on health system redesign and public health insurance expansions. Dr. Allen is currently involved in a variety of research projects focused on social policy at the intersection of health and poverty.

Research Interests

Health Inequities
Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act
Social Policy
State Child Health Programs


Administrative Data (state or national)
Medicaid Data