Paula Lantz is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a professor of public policy at the Ford School. She also is the James B. Hudak Professor of Health Policy at the Ford School and holds an appointment as professor of health management and policy in the School of Public Health. Lantz, a social demographer, conducts research regarding policy approaches to reducing social inequalities in health status and health care. She is currently the Principal Investigator of the University of Michigan Policies for Action Research Hub, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to investigate policy initiatives that will improve population health and health equity in the United States. As part of this research hub, Lantz is leading a multi-faceted project investigating the potential and challenges of social impact bonds/pay for success strategies as a way to spread and scale a wide range of interventions that address fundamental social determinants of health, such as education, housing, employment and early childhood well being.
Ph.D. in Sociology University of Wisconsin, Madison; M.S. in Preventive Medicine-Epidemiology University of Wisconsin, Madison; M.A. Sociology, Washington University; B.A. St. Olaf College