Jonah Kushner

Jonah Kushner
Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School


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


Jonah Kushner is a Ph.D. student at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. His interests include workforce development and the future of work; affordable housing and homelessness; and health care delivery, health care payment, and social determinants of health.

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

Kushner, Jonah, Jordan Byers, Shauna Petchel, Deborah J. Cohen, Karen Jensen, Katie Bittinger, and K. John McConnell, "Washington’s Medicaid Transformation Project: Engaging the Health Care and Social Service Sectors to Improve Health Care Delivery and Address the Social Determinants of Health," Healthcare, 9(3), 2021

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

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, 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


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