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Lindsay Baran

Pronouns: She/Her

Senior Research Director

Lindsay focuses on health equity, disability, community engagement, and building evidence and evaluation capacity.

Lindsay is a senior research director with extensive experience with policy analysis, project management, individual and systems advocacy, community engagement and capacity building, and policy and research translation. Lindsay’s areas of expertise include health and disability policy, Medicaid long term services and supports (LTSS), and health care access and equity.

Lindsay currently works with the CMS Office of Minority Health on several activities to improve health equity and reduce disparities. She also manages an evaluation of the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) assessment process for racial and ethnic disparities. In addition, she manages a federal project to enhance data analysis and evidence building capacity.

Prior to joining NORC, Lindsay worked as the Policy Director at the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), a national disability rights organization based in Washington, DC, where she oversaw and implemented the organization’s national policy and advocacy agenda. Earlier in her career, Lindsay worked at the National Center on Health Promotion Research for Persons with Disabilities, where she managed a study on the impact of improving the accessibility of health-related facilities and the built environment for people with disabilities. 

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University of Illinois at Chicago

Project Contributions

Reducing Health Disparities Through Quality Improvement

Helping to embed health equity into Medicare and Medicaid services


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health