Susan Cahn is a Senior Research Scientist in the Health Care department at NORC at the University of Chicago. Ms. Cahn currently serves as the Project Director, Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control's: Injury and Violence Prevention Links to Clinical Care and Public Health Connectivity that is designed to examine the hospital community health needs assessment process and the resulting implementation plans.
Ms. Cahn also is evaluating state plans to meet federal requirements for the delivery of home and community based services, including a review of state regulations and policies, the public comments and the state's response and providing technical assistance to states regarding delivery system and payment reform and innovation. In addition, Ms. Cahn contributes to the development of mixed-methods research and evaluation design, drafting technical reports and contributing to contract proposals.
Ms. Cahn's research interests also include safety net providers and the integration of public health, clinical care organizations and community-based organizations.
In her 20 year career in public health and health care planning as well as policy and applied research, Ms. Cahn has worked for public agencies and private organizations in Chicago. She worked for the American Hospital Association, the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Core Center, IFF (a community development finance institution), and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). In these roles, she has conducted and authored many qualitative and quantitative research reports and publications, including studies of immunization among Illinois Medicaid HMO enrollees, the financial health of nonprofits, educational needs assessments, and a 2007 IFF study on nonprofit services and community need in Latino communities in metropolitan Chicago. While completing her doctoral degree she joined the staff of the UIC Center for Population Health and Health Disparities where she conducted studies of the relationship between primary care and breast cancer stage at diagnosis and evaluated the Center itself, the national program, and Illinois' Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.