Laudan Aron, MA

Urban Institute, Senior Fellow

Laudan (Laudy) Aron is a Senior Fellow with the Urban Institute’s Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population and co-directs Urban’s cross-center initiative on the Social Determinants of Health. She directed the groundbreaking 2013 study, Shorter Lives, Poorer Health, for the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine. That study documented a large and growing US “health disadvantage” affecting almost all Americans. Laudy first joined Urban in 1992 and has spent over 25 years conducting research and policy analysis on a wide range of social welfare issues, including health and disability, education, employment and training, housing and homelessness, and social protection and justice. Her work focuses on how social and economic conditions shape health and well-being, and how social welfare programs and policies (broadly defined) can best support healthy human development across the life course and over time and place.



Federal Housing Assistance, Food Security, and Health
This study examines the effects of HUD housing assistance programs on food security and health using a unique data set created by merging the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for individuals who received HUD housing assistance in 1999-2012.
Emerging Strategies for Integrating Health and Housing
This series of case studies identifies and describes several emerging and promising interventions that sit at the intersection of housing and health across the country. Interventions reflect a variety of approaches and models from a diversity of communities and will span both the public and private sectors.
Food Pantry Packages and Diabetes Control
This study examines whether a community intervention monitoring glucose and providing diabetes appropriate food can improve health and reduce health care utilization. It builds on Feeding America’s Intervention Trial for Health-Diabetes Mellitus (FAITH-DM) study with a new follow-up round of data collection and new data analyses.
State Spending Choices and Children’s Health
This study will examine how social spending and Medicaid policies influence child health and development. Analysis will be based on NSCH data matched by birth cohort and state to historical government spending data from the Census of Governments. Multivariate analysis will be used to examine the impacts of state spending by developmental phase on health.
State Earned Income Tax Credit, Minimum Wage Laws, and Health
This study looks at the effects of federal and state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and minimum wage policies during a mother’s pregnancy and childhood on parental and child health outcomes using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (1984-present).
State Policies to Improve Access to Primary Care and Prescription Drugs in Private Health Insurance Plans
This study examines state level regulations that are being used to promote access to care for primary care services and prescription drugs in private insurance plans. Data are being drawn from a regulatory review of all 50 states and a more in-depth review of activities in six states.
Medicaid Expansion & Mental Health: A Preliminary Look
This study is examining how polices enacted by states that have expanded Medicaid vary with respect to mental health services and whether they appear to be associated with better access to mental health services. Results will be drawn from semi-structured interviews in six states with State Medicaid Directors, State Mental Health Program Directors, community-based mental health service providers, policymakers expert on mental health, and mental health advocates.