Kristin Paulson, JD, MPH

Fellowship Profile

Fellowship Year:  (2018-2019)
Fellowship Assignment(s):
House Committee on Ways and Means


Kristin Paulson is the vice president for research and innovation at the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC). She works with health care facilities and providers, community leaders, and advocacy groups to design ways for organizations to improve care, improve quality of life, and reduce health care costs. Her work has involved using an All Payer Claims Database in collaboration with community data to study palliative care provision, access, and reimbursement; care transitions and improved cross-facility communication and outcomes; demonstrating the return on investment from social, nonmedical interventions; and finding new opportunities to translate available data into information to transform care. Prior to her position at CIVHC, Paulson worked for the University of Minnesota in the Department of Medicine and Center for Bioethics, evaluating and informing the evidence base for thoracic organ transplantation policy in collaboration with the United Network for Organ Sharing. She has worked on studies examining organ allocation and access, informed consent protocols, and equitable access to organ transplants for individuals with behavioral health diagnoses. Paulson has a BA in population, organismic, and evolutionary biology from the University of Colorado Boulder. She graduated from the joint degree program in health, law, and the life sciences at the University of Minnesota with an MPH and a JD with a certificate in health law and bioethics. Paulson was a multiyear recipient of the Stone Scholarship and a 2010 recipient of a human rights fellowship to examine seasonal disease and care migration patterns in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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