Jonah Kushner

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Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.P.P., The University of Chicago; B.A. in political science, Reed College


Jonah Kushner is a Ph.D. student in the Research, Analysis, and Design stream at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. His research interests include policies to improve health care delivery and address the social determinants of health, increase access to high-quality affordable housing, and promote workforce development and economic security in response to automation and artificial intelligence.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, he was a principal research associate at Oregon Health & Science University’s Center for Health Systems Effectiveness, where he led evaluations of Medicaid demonstration waivers in Oregon and Washington. He has also conducted policy research at a state Medicaid agency, a health insurance exchange, and a labor union.

Selected Publications

Jonah Kushner, K. John McConnell, "Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Medicaid: Lessons from Oregon," Journal of Health Policy, Politics and Law, 44(6), 2019

Kushner, Jonah, K. John McConnell, Kyle Tracy, Matthew Goerg, Anna Levy, Stephan Lindner, Jennifer D. Hall, et al., Medicaid Transformation Project Evaluation: Baseline Report, Center for Health Systems Effectiveness, Oregon Health & Science University, 2020

Kushner, Jonah, Kyle Tracy, Bonnie Lind, Stephanie Renfro, Ruth Rowland, and K. John McConnell, Evaluation of Oregon’s 2012-2017 Medicaid Waiver, Center for Health Systems Effectiveness, Oregon Health & Science University, 2017