Katy B. Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA

Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management

Katy B. Kozhimannil

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-626-3812

Office Address:
D374 Mayo

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

PhD, Health Policy, Harvard University, 2009

MPA, Policy and Administration, Princeton University, 2003

BA, Spanish and International Relations, University of Minnesota, 1999


I believe that how people give birth and are born is fundamentally important to health and wellbeing. I conduct research to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policy that impacts reproductive-age women and their families. My research applies the tools of health policy and health services research to study health care delivery, quality, and outcomes during pregnancy, childbirth, and over the lifecourse. I focus my research on groups that experience disproportionate vulnerability (and resilience), including communities of color, low-income families, and rural populations. 


Health care policy, maternal and child health, rural health, health care quality, policy evaluation, health equity 

Awards & Recognition

  • Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award, AcademyHeatlh, 2016
  • Labelle Lectureship in Health Services Research, international recognition of an emerging health services researcher with an inter-disciplinary approach to research, McMaster University, 2015
  • Public Health Impact Award, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 2015
  • Health Affairs Top 15 Most-Read Articles in 2013 “Cesarean Delivery Rates Vary 10-fold Among US Hospitals; Reducing Variation May Address Quality and Cost Issues,” 2014
  • Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, 2013
  • University of Minnesota Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy Multicultural Research Award, 2011


Research Funding Grants

  • 10/2016–9/2017,  Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), "Medicaid Payment Reform and Cesarean Birth and Maternal Morbidity," Principal Investigator
  • 6/2016–5/2017, University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Faculty Seed Grant, "Characterizing US Births Affected by Substance Use: Hot Spots and Trends Over Time," Principal Investigator
  • 9/2016–6/2017, California Health Care Foundation and Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, "Relationship Between Hospital-Level Percentage of Midwife-Attended Births and Obstetric Care Costs and Procedure Utilization," Co-Principal Investigator
  • 9/2016–8/2019, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, "Improving Equity in Birth Outcome, a Community-Based, Culturally Centered Approach," Co-Principal Investigator
  • 9/2012–8/2020, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), "Rural Health Research Center Grant Program Cooperative Agreement," Co-Investigator


See a full list of my publications on PubMed

Selected Publications

  • Hardeman RR, Medina E, Kozhimannil KB. Structural Racism and Supporting Black Lives—The Role of Health Professionals. New England Journal of Medicine, 2016; 375:2113-2115.
  • Kozhimannil KB, Casey M, Hung P, Prasad S, Moscovice I. Location of Childbirth for Rural Women: Implications for Maternal Levels of Care. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2016; 214(5):661.e1-661.e10.
  • Kozhimannil KB, Jou J, Gjerdingen DK, McGovern PM. Access to Workplace Accommodations to Support Breastfeeding, after the Affordable Care Act. Women’s Health Issues, 2016;26(1)3-16.
  • Wharam JF, Graves AJ, Kozhimannil KB. Navigating the Rise of High Deductible Health Insurance: Childbirth in the Bronze Age, JAMA, 2015;313(3):245-246.
  • Kozhimannil KB, Kim H. Maternal Mental Illness. Science, 2014; 345(6198):755.


Academic Interests and Focus

I am proud to offer a course that teaches talented students the practical skills they need to successfully engage and influence health care policy. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the policy environment that influences and shapes public health and the provision of health care services, to enhance understanding of the historical and political context of health policy, to develop strategies for analysis of health policy issues, and to communicate effectively in the policy environment.


  • PubH 6735, Principles of Health Policy

Community Engagement

I work extensively with community organizations and state and federal policy makers on efforts to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities, starting at birth. A primary focus of my work is improving public health at the intersection of policymaking and community engagement. I have built and sustained ties with the state and national policy community as well as local community partners.

One example of this is an RWJF-funded project with Assistant Professor Rachel Hardeman. We're working with Rebecca Polston, CPM, the founder or Roots Communtiy Birth Center — Minnesota's first and only African-American-owned birth center — to document the process and outcomes of their culturally-centered model of care, and to work toward equity in birth outcomes in Minnesota and beyond.

I have built relationships with community members, clinicians, politicians, program administrators, and private sector entities that have enabled my participation in successful legislative efforts to improve women’s health. For example, my research informed the 2013 passage of Minnesota’s "Doula Bill.” Minnesota Statues Chapter 108, Sec. 11 allows Medicaid coverage of services provided by a certified doula, and follow up work has documented the challenges and opportunities associated with the implementation of this legislation.

Nationally, I regularly consult with Congressional staff on legislation related to maternity care, women’s health, and rural health. I also serve on several state committees and task forces, including Minnesota's Maternal Mortality Review Board.



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In the Media

  • 5 updates on maternal health in the United States (AJMC Managed Markets Network)
  • A bundle of joy, a pile of bills: Childbirth can cost thousands in out-of-pocket expenses (Philly.com)
  • New York to expand use of doulas to reduce childbirth deaths (The New York Times)
  • Tele-Monitoring Can Reduce Medical Appointments For Low-Risk Pregnancies (Washington Post)
  • Medicaid Is Rural America’s Financial Midwife (Washington Post)
  • Childbirth risks rise when rural hospitals end delivery services (MPR News)
  • Check it Out: health briefs. Midwifery care associated with fewer medical interventions (Daily Hampshire Gazette)
  • Promise unrealized: A birth checklist fails to reduce deaths in rural India (STAT)
  • Hospital midwives may mean lower C-section rates (Chicago Tribune)
  • Maternity care 'deserts' growing (MedPage Today)
  • Lack of rural maternity wards hurts African-American moms and babies the most (Electronic Urban Report)
  • Find out how much it costs to give birth in every state (TIME)
  • You're doomed to be a helicopter parent — but it's not your fault (Refinery 29)
  • Rural Hospitals are Dying and Pregnant Women are Paying the Price (Politico)
  • Rural maternity wards are closing, and women’s lives are on the line (Huffington Post)
  • Role of racial and geographical bias in rural maternity care (AJMC.com)
  • Rise in Infant Drug Dependence is Most Felt in Rural Areas (New York Times)
  • A Little Help, Big Benefit: As Evidence of their Value Mounts, Doulas Welcomed at Birthing Centers (Duluth News Tribune
  • U.S. Premature Birthrate Falls, Along with Labor Inductions and C-sections (MinnPost
  • The Most Expensive Place to Give Birth in the U.S. (Time
  • Expectant Moms: You Have Nine Months for Delivery Decisions, You Better Shop Around (Kaiser Health News