Sarah H. Gordon, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Health Law, Policy & Management

PhD, Brown University
MS, Harvard School of Public Health
BA, New York University

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Sarah Gordon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health where she co-directs the BU Medicaid Policy Lab. She is a health services researcher with expertise in health insurance, access to care, and Medicaid policy. She applies econometric and causal inference-based methods to assess the impacts of state-level health care policies on low-income populations. She has experience merging and analyzing multiple state all payer claims databases and national Medicaid claims to conduct cross-state policy comparisons. She is Principal Investigator of a K01 Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health studying the effects of postpartum Medicaid policies on maternal mental health care. She is a faculty advisor of the Medicaid Data Learning Network, a national consortium of Medicaid data users. From 2021-2024, she served as a senior advisor on health policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Dissertation Award from AcademyHealth and her work has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, and PBS. She received her doctorate in Health Services Research (health economics track) from the Brown University School of Public Health and an MS in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

The Impact of Including Pregnancy as a Qualifying Life Event for Marketplace Special Enrollment on Child and Maternal Health
09/06/2023 - 04/30/2028 (Subcontract PI)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Inc NIH NICHD

The Effects of Postpartum Medicaid Policies on Postpartum Depression Care Among Low-Income Women
09/01/2022 - 08/31/2026 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

The Effects of Pregnancy and Postpartum Medicaid Dental Benefit Generosity On Use of Dental Services
09/01/2023 - 08/31/2025 (Subcontract PI)
University of Florida NIH NIDCR

The Boston University Clinical and Transitional Science Institute
04/15/2020 - 03/31/2025 (Co-Investigator of Sub-Project / SP)
PI: Megan H. Bair-Merritt, MD, MSCE
NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Sarah Gordon
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2024 (PI)
Department of Health and Human Services

Medicaid Data Learning Network
05/01/2022 - 03/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
AcademyHealth The CommonwealthFund

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Postpartum Maternal Health: Implications of Postpartum Medicaid Eligibility Extensions
12/01/2020 - 11/30/2022 (PI)
The Commonwealth Fund


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  1. Schpero WL, Meyers DJ, Gordon SH. Safeguarding Research Using Federal Health Insurance Data. JAMA. 2024 Jun 04; 331(21):1801-1802. PMID: 38717760
  2. Gordon SH, Lee S, Steenland MW, Deen N, Feinberg E. Extended Postpartum Medicaid In Colorado Associated With Increased Treatment For Perinatal Mood And Anxiety Disorders. Health Aff (Millwood). 2024 Apr; 43(4):523-531. PMID: 38560800
  3. Alattas M, Gordon S, Sabin LL, El-Jardali F, Wirtz VJ. Equity and unmet need of non-communicable diseases services in Saudi Arabia using a National Household Survey (2019). BMC Health Serv Res. 2024 Mar 16; 24(1):346.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38491481; PMCID: PMC10943914; DOI: 10.1186/s12913-024-10787-6;
  4. Safon CB, McCloskey L, Estela MG, Gordon SH, Cole MB, Clark J. Access to perinatal doula services in Medicaid: a case analysis of 2 states. Health Aff Sch. 2024 Mar; 2(3):qxae023.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38756922; PMCID: PMC10986220; DOI: 10.1093/haschl/qxae023;
  5. Gordon SH, Chen L, DeLew N, Sommers BD. COVID-19 Medicaid Continuous Enrollment Provision Yielded Gains In Postpartum Continuity Of Coverage. Health Aff (Millwood). 2024 Mar; 43(3):336-343. PMID: 38437599
  6. Safon CB, McCloskey L, Gordon SH, Cole MB, Clark J. Medicaid Reimbursement for Doula Care: Policy Considerations From a Scoping Review. Med Care Res Rev. 2023 Dec 20; 10775587231215221.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38124279; DOI: 10.1177/10775587231215221;
  7. Gordon SH, Cole MB, Huberfeld N. Georgia Pathways-Partial Medicaid Expansion With Work Requirements and Premiums. JAMA. 2023 Oct 03; 330(13):1225-1226.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37713204; DOI: 10.1001/jama.2023.15811;
  8. Auty SG, Daw JR, Admon LK, Gordon SH. Comparing approaches to identify live births using the Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System. Health Serv Res. 2024 Feb; 59(1):e14233.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37771156; PMCID: PMC10771902; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.14233;
  9. Price ME, Gordon S, Emmitt C, Ndugga N, Kabdiyeva A, Mull H, Pizer S, Garrido MM. Growth of community-based immunotherapy treatment in the Veterans Health Administration. Cancer Med. 2023 Sep; 12(17):18110-18119.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37519258; PMCID: PMC10524003; DOI: 10.1002/cam4.6372;
  10. Gordon SH, McConnell KJ, Schpero WL. Commonwealth Fund Blog. Informing Medicaid policy through better, more usable claims data. 2023. View Publication
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2022 Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management, Boston University School of Public Health: "DO" Award
2021 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award – Outstanding New Teacher
2021 Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management, Boston University School of Public Health: "TEACH" Award
2021 AcademyHealth: Best Poster, Coverage and Access
2021 AcademyHealth: Best Poster, Women's Health
2020 AcademyHealth: Outstanding Dissertation Award
2020 AcademyHealth: Best of 2020 Annual Research Meeting - Coverage and Access
2019 Brown University School of Public Health: Public Health Impact Award
2019 VHA Office of Health Equity/NCHS/AcademyHealth: Office of Health Equity Scholarship
2017 AcademyHealth: Alice S. Hersh Award
2017 AHRQ: R36 Dissertation Award
2016 Brown University: Nora Kahn Piore Award
2011 New York University: Summa cum laude
2011 New York University: Phi Beta Kappa
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