Alana D. Knudson serves as a principal research scientist and is the Co-Director of the Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis at NORC. She also is the deputy director for the Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center, one of seven rural health research centers funded by the federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Knudson’s expertise includes rural health research, public health systems research, health services research, and evaluation projects.
Knudson has 20 years of experience leading health services and health policy research projects and implementing and evaluating the impact of public health programs. She has conducted numerous health services and health policy studies and public health projects funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Agency for International Development, and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her project findings have informed state, tribal, and federal health policy. The majority of her current research and evaluation projects are targeted at providing policymakers with baseline information to inform decisions pertaining to health care reform investments in public health and health care reimbursement.
Prior to joining NORC, Knudson was the associate director for Research at the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She examined health insurance access for North Dakotans, Native American elders, and Midwestern farmers and presented findings before the North Dakota executive branch, the North Dakota and Minnesota legislatures, tribal leaders, Congressional members, and the White House Office of Health Reform. Knudson also served as the senior director for Public Health Information and Infrastructure Policy at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, where she contributed to the development of national public health policies relating to health information technology, performance standards, workforce, and preparedness. She also has state-based experience—she worked for the North Dakota Department of Health, primarily in the areas of health policy and public health informatics, and for the North Dakota Health Task Force, contributing to the enactment of health care reform legislation.