Dennis Scanlon


Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Administration


  • Health & Medicine

Focus Areas:

  • Health Policy


  • Dennis Scanlon can speak about health policy and reform, including state and federal mandates to expand and subsidize health insurance coverage.
  • He can comment on efforts and initiatives that impact healthcare affordability.
  • Dennis Scanlon can speak about the “food as medicine” concept and how food impacts individual health.
  • He can speak about efforts to fairly distribute the funding resulting from settlements with opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Dennis Scanlon is a distinguished professor of health policy and administration and the director of the Center for Health Care and Policy Research. Scanlon’s research focuses on the role of information, incentives, and organizational and behavioral change to improve the health of people and populations. Current areas of focus are health policy and reform, including federal and state mandates for Medicaid expansion and subsidies for health insurance exchanges, healthcare affordability, and the fair distribution of funds related to the 2021 settlement with opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Scanlon has served on several national, local and international advisory panels for organizations such as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the European Commission. Currently, he is a co-investigator of an AHRQ Center of Excellence award focused on understanding health care delivery systems and the degree to which they adapt Patient Centered Outcomes Research evidence. He previously served as the principal investigator for the evaluation of the Aligning Forces for Quality initiative — the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s signature effort to improve the health and health care of 37 million people nationwide. He has published more than 100 articles, book chapters, and reports and is a frequent speaker to academic, policy and practice audiences.

In The Media

Dr Dennis Scanlon Discusses What to Be Aware of as Medicare Advantage Programs Grow

from American Journal of Managed Care February 26, 2023

“No matter how you slice it, there's uncertainty, and there are costs and benefit trade-offs. That sounds perhaps to some a little bit crass, but really trying to weigh the risk, what level of risk may be worth taking, and what are the costs to mitigate that risk."

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