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. Her recent work has focused on the intersections of Medicaid policy and maternal health. She is currently serving 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 in the Biden Administration. She received her doctorate in Health Services Research 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 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

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. Daw JR, Auty SG, Admon LK, Gordon SH. Using Modernized Medicaid Data to Advance Evidence-Based Improvements in Maternal Health. Am J Public Health. 2023 Jul; 113(7):805-810.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37141557; PMCID: PMC10262233; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2023.307287;
  2. Admon LK, Auty SG, Daw JR, Kozhimannil KB, Declercq ER, Wang N, Gordon SH. State Variation in Severe Maternal Morbidity Among Individuals With Medicaid Insurance. Obstet Gynecol. 2023 May 01; 141(5):877-885.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37023459; PMCID: PMC10281794; DOI: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000005144;
  3. Mull HJ, Kabdiyeva A, Ndugga N, Gordon SH, Garrido MM, Pizer SD. What is the role of selection bias in quality comparisons between the Veterans Health Administration and community care? Example of elective hernia surgery. Health Serv Res. 2023 Jun; 58(3):654-662.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36477645; PMCID: PMC10154155; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.14113;
  4. Vanneman ME, Rosen AK, Wagner TH, Shwartz M, Gordon SH, Greenberg G, Zheng T, Cook J, Beilstein-Wedel E, Greene T, Kelley AT. Differences Between VHA-Delivered and VHA-Purchased Behavioral Health Care in Service and Patient Characteristics. Psychiatr Serv. 2023 Feb 01; 74(2):148-157.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36039555; PMCID: PMC10069743; DOI: 10.1176/;
  5. Unwinding the Medicaid Continuous Enrollment Provision: Projected Enrollment Effects and Policy Approaches. ASPE Issue Brief. 2022; (HP-2022-20). View Publication
  6. Eliason EL, Gordon SH. The Association Between Postpartum Insurance Instability and Access to Postpartum Mental Health Services: Evidence From Colorado. Womens Health Issues. 2022 Nov-Dec; 32(6):550-556. PMID: 35927176; DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2022.06.010;
  7. Sugar S, Ruhter J, Gordon SH, Whitman A, De Lew N, Sommers BD. Health Coverage for Women Under the Affordable Care Act. ASPE Issue Brief. 2022. View Publication
  8. Goldman AL, Gordon SH. Coverage Disruptions and Transitions Across the ACA's Medicaid/Marketplace Income Cutoff. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 Nov; 37(14):3570-3576.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35277806; PMCID: PMC9585127; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-022-07437-0;
  9. Gordon SH, Hoagland A, Admon LK, Daw JR. Comparison of Postpartum Health Care Use and Spending Among Individuals with Medicaid-Paid Births Enrolled in Continuous Medicaid vs Commercial Insurance. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Mar 01; 5(3):e223058. PMID: 35302626; PMCID: PMC8933732; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.3058;
  10. Gordon SH, Hoagland A, Admon LK, Daw JR. Extended Postpartum Medicaid Eligibility Is Associated With Improved Continuity Of Coverage In The Postpartum Year. Health Aff (Millwood). 2022 01; 41(1):69-78. PMID: 34982627
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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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