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Lauren Hughes

State Policy Director, Farley Health Policy Center

Lauren Hughes is an associate professor of family medicine in the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the State Policy Director of the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center. In this role, she leads initiatives to translate data for policymakers to inform the design and implementation of evidence-based policy. Her research interests include strengthening rural health care, the future of primary care and public health post COVID-19, and graduate medical education financing, governance, and social accountability. Dr. Hughes previously served as Deputy Secretary for Health Innovation in the Pennsylvania Department of Health, where she co-designed and launched the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model, a new payment and delivery model that transitions rural hospitals from fee-for-service to multi-payer global budgets and transforms how they deliver care to better meet community health needs. Dr. Hughes serves on the American Board of Family Medicine, the Rural Health Redesign Center Organization, and the American Medical Student Association Foundation Boards of Directors. She has been a visiting scholar at the CMS Innovation Center, the Commonwealth Fund, and ABC News Medical Unit. She earned her MD from the University of Iowa, her MPH in health policy from The George Washington University, and her master's in health and health care research from the University of Michigan as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. She completed her family medicine residency at the University of Washington. In 2018, she was named a Presidential Leadership Scholar by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.