Sarah Gordon

Sarah H. Gordon, PhD

Assistant Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


Research Summary:
Dr. Gordon's research evaluates policies that impact low-income populations, with a particular focus on health insurance and access to care. In her recent work, she has applied econometric and causal inference-based methods to assess the impacts of state-level health care policies. She has experience merging and analyzing multiple state all payer claims databases to conduct cross-state comparisons. She utilized these datasets to examine the impact of the Affordable Care Act's insurance expansions on continuity of coverage and healthcare utilization and the impact of out-of-pocket costs on coverage retention in state Marketplaces. More recently, she has investigated how Medicaid policies affect continuity of care during the perinatal period among low-income women. Her broad interests are in vulnerable populations, health equity, and access to care. Dr. Gordon is the recipient of the Health Policy Scholars Program and Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship from AcademyHealth, a Dissertation Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research (R36) and the Public Health Impact and Nora Kahn Piore Award from Brown University.

Dr. Gordon is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management at Boston University's School of Public Health. She obtained her doctorate in Health Services Research with a concentration in health economics from the Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice at Brown University's School of Public Health. She holds a MS in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and a BA in Psychology from New York University.


  • Brown University, PhD Field of Study: Health Economics
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MS Field of Study: Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • New York University, BA Field of Study: Psychology

Classes Taught

  • SPHPM755
  • SPHPM931


  • Published on 6/1/2021

    Gordon SH, Beilstein-Wedel E, Rosen AK, Zheng T, Kelley AT, Cook J, Zahakos SS, Wagner TH, Vanneman ME. County-level Predictors of Growth in Community-based Primary Care Use Among Veterans. Med Care. 2021 Jun 01; 59(Suppl 3):S301-S306. PMID: 33976080.

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  • Published on 1/4/2021

    Allen H, Gordon SH, Lee D, Bhanja A, Sommers BD. Comparison of Utilization, Costs, and Quality of Medicaid vs Subsidized Private Health Insurance for Low-Income Adults. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 01 04; 4(1):e2032669. PMID: 33399859.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 12/1/2020

    Huberfeld N, Gordon SH, Jones DK. Federalism Complicates the Response to the COVID-19 Health and Economic Crisis: What Can Be Done? J Health Polit Policy Law. 2020 12 01; 45(6):951-965. PMID: 32464666.

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  • Published on 12/1/2020

    Swaminathan S, Ndumele CD, Gordon SH, Lee Y, Trivedi AN. Association of Medicaid-Focused or Commercial Medicaid Managed Care Plan Type With Outpatient and Acute Care. JAMA Intern Med. 2020 12 01; 180(12):1672-1679. PMID: 33074283.

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  • Published on 8/1/2020

    Jones DK, Gordon SH, Huberfeld N. Have the ACA's Exchanges Succeeded? It's Complicated. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2020 08 01; 45(4):661-676. PMID: 32186335.

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  • Published on 5/8/2020

    Gordon SH, Huberfeld N, Jones DK. What Federalism Means for the US Coronavirus Disease 2019 Response. JAMA Health Forum. 2020.

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  • Published on 4/1/2020

    Gordon SH, Sommers BD, Trivedi AN. Mothers And Medicaid Expansion: The Authors Reply. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 04; 39(4):723. PMID: 32250671.

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  • Published on 1/1/2020

    Gordon SH, Sommers BD, Wilson IB, Trivedi AN. Effects Of Medicaid Expansion On Postpartum Coverage And Outpatient Utilization. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 01; 39(1):77-84. PMID: 31905073.

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  • Published on 6/21/2019

    Gordon SH, Sommers BD, Wilson I, Galarraga O, Trivedi AN. The Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Continuous Enrollment: a Two-State Analysis. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 09; 34(9):1919-1924. PMID: 31228048.

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  • Published on 6/12/2019

    Gordon, SH. Using All-Payer Data To Conduct Cross-State Comparisons Of Health Insurance Enrollment. Health Affairs Blog. 2019.

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