Ashley M. Kranz

Policy Researcher
Washington Office


Ph.D. in health policy and management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; B.A. in sociology; political science, University of Michigan


Ashley Kranz is a health policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. She conducts health services research focused on improving access to care, quality of care, and health outcomes of vulnerable populations, including children and individuals enrolled in Medicaid. Kranz has worked extensively in the area of oral health and access to dental care, studying strategies to reduce disparities and improve access to dental care for children, including the expansion of preventive oral health services in medical offices. Kranz also studies approaches used in high performing safety net clinics to promote integration across primary care, specialty care, and community-based organizations. Her work has also included identifying strategies to address the clinical and social needs of individuals dually-enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid, documenting obesity interventions for American Indian youth, and evaluating the role of state policies to reduce neonatal abstinence syndrome. Kranz received her Ph.D. in health policy and management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Recent Projects

  • Role of Non-Dental Providers in Reducing Disparities in Early Childhood Oral Health: Impact of State Medicaid Policies
  • RAND Center of Excellence on Health System Performance: Safety net project

Selected Publications

AM Kranz, E Duffy, AW Dick, M Sorbero, RG Rozier, BD Stein, "Impact of Medicaid policy on the oral health of publicly insured children," Maternal and child health journal, 2018

AM Kranz, S Dalton, C Damberg, JW Timbie, "Using health IT to coordinate care and improve quality in safety-net clinics," The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 2018

Kranz AM, Browner DK, McDermid L, Coleman TR, Wooten WJ, "Using electronic health record data for healthy weight surveillance in children, San Diego, California, 2014," Preventing Chronic Disease, 13(E34), 2016

Kranz AM, Lee JY, Divaris K, Baker AD, Vann WF, "North Carolina physician-based preventive oral health services improves access and use among young Medicaid enrollees," Health Affairs, 33(12), 2014

Kranz AM, Preisser JS, Rozier RG, "Effects of physician-based preventive oral health services on dental caries," Pediatrics, 136(1), 2015

Honors & Awards

  • Brook Scholar, RAND Health