Kathleen Call, PhD

Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management

Kathleen Call

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-624-3922

Office Address:
15-223 Phillips-Wangensteen Building

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St SE
MMC 729 Mayo
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, Sociology, University of Minnesota, 1994


My research focuses on access to care and health insurance among disparities populations, including poor, young, elderly, uninsured, rural, and chronically ill populations. I explore the complexities of measuring and estimating rates of insurance coverage, including the discrepancy between survey and administrative data counts of insurance coverage, commonly referred to as the “Medicaid undercount.” My research interests include disparities in access to health care and health insurance as well as developing community-driven solutions to barriers to health care. 

I am an investigator at SHADAC and co-director of the School of Public Health's Health Equity Work Group, an interdisciplinary group that aims to reduce health disparities through research, teaching, professional development, and community outreach programs.


Equity, methods, health insurance, access to care, survey methods, community engaged research

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health


Research Funding Grants

  • 2015–2017, Minnesota Department of Health, "Minnesota Health Access Survey 2015," Principal Investigator
  • 2014–2017, National Opinion Research Center, "CMS Analytic Support for a Nationwide Adult Medicaid Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Survey," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2021, NIH NCI, "Cancer Related Health Disparities Training Program," Co-Investigator
  • 2016–2019, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC): Helping states bridge the gap between health insurance data and the policy-making process," Co-Investigator
  • 2016–2017, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "Interdisciplinary Research Leaders," Co-Investigator
  • 2014–2017, MN Department of Health and Human Services, "Minnesota State Innovation Model (SIM) Evaluation," Co-Investigator




  • PubH 6772, Health Disparities Capstone Seminar
  • PubH 7784, Master's Project Seminar: PHAP and HSRP&A
  • PubH 7791, Independent Study: Public Health Administration and Policy


In The News

SPH News

In The Media

  • Minnesota’s Uninsured Rate Jumps in 2017 Despite Strong Economy (Forest Lake Times)