Michael Doonan

Associate Professor and MPP Program Director

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Contact

Email: doonan@brandeis.edu
Office: Heller-Brown Building 207
Phone: 781-736-4831
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Expertise

State health policy, the uninsured, federalism, Medicaid, access to health care for vulnerable populations, health care system change, federal state relations, governance, public health

Courses

  • HS 303a - Historical and Contemporary Developments in Social Welfare
  • HS 507f - State Health Policy
  • HS 532b - Social Policy Analysis: Technique and Application

Degrees

  • Brandeis University
    Ph.D.
  • George Washington University
    M.P.A.
  • St. Anselm College
    B.A.

Michael Doonan

Associate Professor and MPP Program Director

Profile

Michael Doonan is an assistant professor at the Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University. He is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, and Director of the Council for Health Care Economics and Policy. His Ph.D. from Brandeis is both in Political Science and Health Services Research. His research and publications focus on issues related to access to health care, Medicaid, SCHIP, federal/state relations, prescription drugs, public health and the economics of health system change.

He currently teaches: Historical and Contemporary Developments in Social Welfare Policy, Policy Analyses, State Health Policy and Case Study Methodology.

Michael worked as program specialist for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in the area of Medicaid managed care and state health care reform. He served as a member of President Clinton's Health Care Taskforce working primarily on the Low-Income and Working Families work group, and as a member of the Taskforce Speakers Bureau. Michael also worked as a fellow for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee as they considered national reform in 1994. He began his career as a legislative aide for Senator John Kerry where he worked on health and environmental issues.

Scholarship

  • Doonan, Michael. "Book Review: Obamacare Wars: Federalism, State Politics, and the Affordable Care Act, Series: Studies in Government and Public Policy." Rev. of Obamacare Wars: Federalism, State Politics, and the Affordable Care Act, Series: Studies in Government and Public Policy, by Daniel Béland, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan. Publius Journal of Federalism vol. Volume 47, Issue 1.Winter February 1 2017: Book Review Section.
  • Doonan, Michael. "Why You Should Study Public Policy in the Age of Trump." The Huffington Post January 5, 2017: The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-you-should-study-public-policy-in-the-age-of-trump_us_586e9e0fe4b0eb9e49bfb9a6.
  • Halasa, Y., Doonan, Michael. Integrating Oral and General Health: The Role of Accountable Care Organizations. Boston, Massachusetts Massachusetts Health Policy Forum: 2017.
  • Doonan, Michael. "Book Review Insuring Children's Health: Contentious Politics and Public Policy." Rev. of Insuring Children's Health: Contentious Politics and Public Policy, by Alice Sardell. Political Science Quarterly vol. Summer September 16, 1015: 4.
  • Doonan, Michael. Where is the U.S. Health Care System Going: Can We Improve Value?. Princeton New Jersey Council on Health Care Economics and Policy: 2016.
  • Alegria, M., Cook, B., Loder S., Doonan, M.. "The Time is Now: Tackling Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental and Behavioral Health Services in Massachusetts." Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Behavioral Health, Boston, MA. Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, December 11, 2014.
  • Doonan, Michael, ed. Choice in the American Healthcare System: Changing Dynamics Under the Affordable Care Act. London, England: Current Sociology, Summer 2015 2015.
  • Doonan, Michael. "Political Science Quarterly." Rev. of Insuring Children's Health: Contentious Politics and Public Policy, by Alice Sardell. Political Science Quarterly vol. Summer 2015 Summer 2015: Summer 2015.
  • Doonan, Michael. "“National Lessons from Massachusetts Health Care Reform”." Health Politics and Policy. 5th Edition ed. vol. 5th Edition Ed. James Morone and Dan Ehlke, Clifton Park. NY.. New York: Clifton Park, 2013. Chapter 11.
  • Doonan, Michael. American Federalism in Practice: The Formulation and Implementation of Contemporary Health Policy. First ed. Washington D.C.: Brookings Instution Press, 2013.
  • O’Brien, Margaret, L., Phillips, Susan M., Doonan, Michael, T.. Substance Exposed Newborns: Addressing Social Cost Across the Lifespan. Boston, Massachusetts Massachusetts Health Policy Forum: 2011.
  • Altman, S., Tompkins, C., Wallack, S., Doonan, M., ed. New Approaches for Paying Providers Will Change the Organization of Healthcare Services. Chicago, IL: Health Administrative Press., 1 2010.
  • Doonan, Michael, Tull, Katharine. "Health Care Reform in Massachusetts: Implementation of Coverage Expansions and a Health Insurance Mandate." Milbank Quarterly 88. 1 (2010): 54-80.
  • Doonan, Michael: Tull, Katharine. Achieving Accountable Care in Massachusetts: Payment Reform to Drive Delivery System Change. Boston, Massachusetts Massachusetts Health Policy Forum: 2010.
  • Doonan, Michael; Altman, Stuart. "Healthcare Insurance: The Massachusetts Plan." The Business of Health Care. First ed. vol. Volume 3, Chapter 3, Ed. Cohen, Kenneth; Hough, Douglas. Westport Connecticut: Praeger, 2008. 35 - 59.
  • Houghton, S., Doonan, Michael. Health Information Technology in Massachusetts. A Private/Public Partnership? What Should the State's Role be in Facilitating Health IT Adoption?. Massachusetts Health Policy Forum. Boston, Massachusetts: 2008.
  • Houghton, Susan; Doonan, Michael. Health Information Technology in Massachusetts. A Private/Public Partnership? What Should the State's Role be in Facilitating Health IT Adoption?. Massachusetts Health Policy Forum. Boston, Massachusetts: 2008.
  • Altman, Stuart; Doonan, Michael. "Can Massachusetts Lead the Way in Health Care Reform?." The New England Journal of Medicine 354. 20 (2007): 2093-2095.
  • Doonan, Michael. "Massachusetts." American Interest November/December 2006: 86-91.
  • Katharine, Lewis; Doonan, Michael. Overweight and Obesity in Massachusetts: Epidemic, Hype or Policy Opportunity: A Policy Brief. Massachusetts Health Policy Forum. Boston, Massachusetts: 2007.
  • Lewis, K.K., Doonan, M.. Overweight and Obesity in Massachusetts: Epidemic, Hype of Policy Opportunity: A Policy Brief. Massachusetts Health Policy Forum. Boston, MA: 2007.
  • Lewis, Katharine; Doonan, Michael. Bridging the Chasm: Efforts to Improve Health Care Quality in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Health Policy Forum. Boston, Massachusetts: 2006.
  • Brolin, M., Horgan, C.M., Amaro, H., Doonan, M.. Substance Abuse Treatment in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Gaps, Consequences and Solutions. The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University. Waltham, MA: 2005.
  • Doonan, M., Shactman, D., Shactman, D. Health Insurance Expansions, 2004: Examining the Options. Policy Brief. Council on Health Care Economics and Policy, Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University. Waltham, MA: 2004.
  • Doonan, M., Shactman, D., Altman, S.H., Shactman, D. Regional Disparities in Health Spending: Implications for the Private Market and Medicare. Policy Brief. Council on Health Care Economics and Policy, Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University. Waltham, MA: 2003.
  • Shactman, D, Doonan, M., Rosman, B., Shactman, D.. Medical Malpractice in Crisis. Policy Brief. Council on Health Care Economics and Policy, Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University. Waltham, MA: 2003.
  • Shactman, D., Altman, S.H., Eilat, E., Thorpe, K.E., Doonan, M.. "The Outlook for Hospital Spending." Health Affairs 22. 6 (2003): 12-26.
  • Doonan, M., Shactman, D. Reimagining Medicaid: the Evolving Federal Role in Medicaid, Background, Issues and Challenges. Report. Council on Health Care Economics and Policy, Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University. Waltham, MA: 2002.
  • Doonan, M.. Common Health for the Commonwealth: Massachusetts Trends in the Determinants of Health. Report. Massachusetts Health Council, Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University. Waltham, MA: 2002.
  • Doonan, M.. The Miami Dade County Immigrant Health Access Task Force: Access to Public Health Trust Services: Success and Challenges. The Access Project, Community Catalyst and The Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University. Boston, MA: 2002.
  • Shactman, D, Doonan, M., Shactman, D. Reimagining Medicaid. Policy Brief. Council on Health Care Economics and Policy, Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University. Waltham, MA: 2002.
  • Doonan, M.. The Economics of Prescription Drug Pricing: A Background Paper. Council on the Economic Impact of Health System Change, Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University. Waltham, MA: 2001.
  • Altman, S.H., Doonan, M., Hager, C., McDonough, J.E., Rosman, B., Shactman, D., Kane, N., Turnbull, N..
  • Doonan, M.. Will Alcohol be the Next Tobacco? Issue Brief No. 3. Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, Institute for Health Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University. Waltham, MA: 1998.

Awards and Honors

  • Barbara Wakefield Award for contributions to the Heller Graduate School (2002)
  • Heller School Alumni Dissertation Grant (2000)
  • Agency for Health Care Research and Quality Training Grant and Fellowship (1995 - 1998)
  • Fellow United States Senate Finance Committee (1994)
  • Clinton Health Care Task Force Staff and Speakers Bureau (1993 - 1994)
  • The George Washington University Public Administration Chair¿s Award (GPA 4.0) (1992)